Wilco Nienaber averages 416 yards off the tee at Joburg Open!

European Tour's new big hitter Nienaber in contention for maiden European Tour title in South Africa...

Andy Roberts's picture
Fri, 20 Nov 2020

The European Tour's new big hitter Wilco Nienaber averaged a monstrous 416.5 yards off the tee on day one at the Joburg Open, which was incredibly 85 yards longer than the field average at Randpark Golf Club, South Africa.

Playing on home soil and going in search of his maiden European Tour, the 20-year-old superstar finds himself just one stroke off the lead heading into the weekend at the Joburg Open following rounds 63 and 67. 

Nienaber, who only turned professional last year, crushed one of his drives 439 yards on Thursday. Check it out in the video below: 

 

 

The European Tour rookie has been enjoying a solid first year on the main circuit with two top-10 finishes so far, highlighted with a solo fourth at the English Championship. 

Nienaber made nine birdies and an eagle on day one for a round of 8-under par on Thursday and then followed it up with a solid 4-under 67 on Friday to lie just one stroke behind compatriot Jacques Blaauw on 12-under par after 36 holes.

Canada's Aaron Cockerill and Denmark's JB Hansen lie just three strokes behind Blaauw on 10-under par (Hansen still has two holes to play of his second round).

South Africa's Shaun Norris is four strokes back on 9-under par, and still has three holes left to play of his second round, while American Julian Suri lies tied sixth on 8-under par with England's Richard Bland and Wales' Rhys Enoch. 

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