Sunshine Tour rookie Keegan Mclachlan broke new ground yesterday as he claimed a share of the first-round lead with Robin Williams in the PGA Championship at the St Francis Links, coming in with an outstanding four-under-par 68.

The SA PGA Championship is one of the most prestigious titles in the local game and this year the event celebrates the significant support of the Eastern Cape Tourism and Parks Agency and African Bank.

It is the first time Mclachlan, who has a title apiece on the Blue Label Development Tour and the Altron Big Easy Tour, has led on the Sunshine Tour.

Playing in his 11th event, he started South African golf’s second-oldest professional tournament on the back nine and birdied his first two holes, before picking up another two birdies to go to four-under through seven holes.

Back-to-back bogeys on the tricky par-four 18th and first holes were offset by three successive birdies from the fourth hole. Mclachlan closed with a bogey-five on the par-four ninth hole.

“I played quite nicely in the morning and it was a good start. There was not too much wind, but it started to pick up on my back nine. But overall it was a good round, for most of the day I kept the ball in play well, my approach shots were good and I made a few nice putts,” Mclachlan said.

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