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Terblanche Fires Course Record For 1st Rd Lead

South African Des Terblanche confirmed his status as a genuine contender on the big tours with a blistering course record of eight-under par 62 in the first round of the Nashua Nedtel Cellular Masters at the par-70 Wild Coast Sun Course on Thursday.
The 35-year-old leads 25-year-old Ivano Ficalbi by a stroke after the youngster posted a course record tying 63 in the morning. Terblanche sank putts from everywhere in his first round of golf for some weeks, having taken time off from the game during the Christmas break. 'I putted really well today with a putter given to me by Ernie Els at the Heineken Classic in Australia last year,' Terblanche said. 'I have a putting green at home and if there is one thing I practice a lot it's my putting. The conditions today were perfect and I would say it was the best afternoon I can ever remember here.'
Terblanche started the day with a bogey on the par-four first but stormed back with five consecutive birdies from holes three through seven. He then added birdies on the 10th, 12th, 16th and 18th to break the previous record held by Robbie Stewart and of course, Ficalbi's effort in the morning.
Ficalbi, who led the field briefly and has never finished higher than 13th, paid tribute to his new putter for his best round as a professional. 'I was using a broomstick putter at the Players' Championships last year,' Ficalbi said. 'I decided to revert back to a traditional putter and finally found one I like. 'Today I made a lot of good putts in conditions that got better after being blustery in the morning.'
Playing the back nine first, Ficalbi went out in four-under par 31 which included three birdies and an eagle on the par-five 16th. 'I hit a solid three-wood off the tee,' Ficalbi said of the 16th. 'I then hit a three-iron to about four-feet from the hole and drained the putt.'
His second nine started with three consecutive birdies after holing putts from about ten feet at each hole and then proceeded to par the remaining six holes. Four players, including Zimbabwe's Mark McNulty, were another shot back at six-under par 64, while pre-tournament favorite Retief Goosen played a steady round of three-under par 67.