Adrian Otaegui's 62 was a thing of beauty and worthy of the halfway lead in the Tshwane Open in Pretoria. But for entertainment value it would be hard to beat the 67 that left Darren Clarke nine shots off the pace.
Irish quiet as Madsen produces spectacular Pretoria finish
Ireland's trio of contenders ended the day with work to do to make the cut but there were no such problems for Dane Morten Ørum Madsen as he aced his 17th hole and then eagled the last to lead the Tshwane Open in Pretoria.
Ross Fisher might be five shots ahead of Michael Hoey but many Irish eyes will be fixed on Waterford rookie Kevin Phelan and his bid to take a giant step towards retaining his card at the Tshwane Open.
Darren Clark during the first round of the Tswane Open at The Els Club, Copperleaf in Centurion. Photo: Catherine Kotze/SASPAFormer Open winner Darren Clarke showed signs that he is recovering from his slump but it was Damien McGrane who topped the Irish contingent after the opening round of the Tshwane Open in South Africa.