Italy's Gianluca Baruffaldi made a dream start to his first round of the Tusker Kenya Open and it helped him share the lead on 65 with Sweden's Henrik Stenson at the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi.
On a perfect day for golf, Baruffaldi, who began from the 10th tee, sank his eight-iron second shot an albatross, the first two to be recorded at the 538-yard hole since Spain's Ryder Cup star Jose Maria Canizares performed the feat in 1984.
The shock didn't seem to upset the 28-year-old from Piacenza who proceeded to par the next six holes before adding birdies at the 17th and 18th to be out in 30. It wasn't quite so magical coming home but he still added two more birdies and one bogey for an inward 35. Stenson's 65 was somewhat mundane in comparison with just six birdies.
The pair are a stroke clear of Ilya Goroneskoul of France and British-based Finn, Pauli Hughes, and two ahead of a group of six players, England's Shaun Webster, two more Swedes, Fredrik Larsson and Ulrik Gustafsson, South African Trevor Immelman, Morten Backhausen of Denmark, and top Kenyan, James Kingori.
A total of 51 players bettered the par of 71 and that included Kenyan amateur, John Kisia, who finished among another large group on 68.
Among those a shot further back are two heroes of Great Britain and Ireland's 1999 Walker Cup-winning team, Lorne Kelly, from Scotland, and Irishman Paddy Gribben, both making their Challenge Tour debuts.
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