Sterne shares 1st-round lead at Africa Open

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — Richard Sterne shot a bogey-free 7-under 66 Thursday for a five-way tie after the first round of the Africa Open.

Sterne started on the back nine and made three straight birdies from the 15th. He added three more on his next five holes to sit tied with Patrik Sjoland of Sweden, South African duo Titch Moore and Trevor Fisher Jr. and Mark Haastrup of Denmark.

Four other South African players, including Carl Schwartzel and Thomas Aiken, were a shot back at 6 under in the European Tour event.

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