Olazabal, Westwood Share Golf Lead
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) _ Jose-Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood shot 65s and shared the lead Thursday after the first round of the Nedbank Challenge, which offers $2 million for finishing first.
Defending champion Ernie Els, who shot a 66, said Westwood would be tough to beat.
``He is playing with extraordinary confidence. It’s almost like Tiger Woods,″ Els said. ``When a guy who plays as well as he does starts playing with confidence, you better look out. He is the guy most likely to step up and win a major next year.″
Westwood had two bogeys in his round.
``But for those two dropped shots, it was a great round,″ he said. ``I hope the course gets a little harder as it dries out from the rain because I really think I can get better all the time on it.″
Olazabal put his driving woes behind him. He made great tee shots and putted well on a course that demands accuracy.
``I birdied all the par 5s, for a change,″ he said, ``and I hit a lot of fairways.″
Darren Clarke birdied the first three holes and had three other birdies. But he bogeyed two holes and finished with a 4-under-par 68.
Colin Montgomerie and Nick Price were tied at 69, with Thomas Bjorn and Stuart Appleby a shot back.