Thomas Pieters of Belgium follows his ball on the 10th hole during the round one of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Kamran Jebreili
February 26, 2015

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Nic Henning made seven birdies and an eagle and equaled the course record with his 9-under 62 for the first-round lead at the Joburg Open on Thursday.

Henning had five of his birdies and the eagle on the first nine to go out in 29 on the par-71 West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. The European Tour's first 59 seemed a real possibility then, but Henning made just two birdies coming home.

He leads by a shot from South African compatriots Tjaart van der Walt and Titch Moore, and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

Moore had a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 5, as the 13 leading players after round one all opened on the easier West Course.

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