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Dunhill goes downhill quickly for Caldwell & Sharvin

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It proved a tough first day on the job for Jonathan Caldwell and Cormac Sharvin as the pair began their new season as full-time members of the European Tour at the Alfred Dunhill in South Africa.

From the highs of securing promotion to the Promised Land of European golf, the pair were brought back down to earth quickly in a brutal introduction at Leopard Creek Country Club.

In Caldwell’s case, it wasn’t quite so bad; the 35-year old holding his own to card a two-over par 74 despite two double-bogeys on the card.

However, it was a bit of a nightmare for Sharvin who succumbed to an eight-over par round of 80, completely out of character with the consistency of his Challenge Tour campaign that brought him to the top tier of golf last season.

In truth, neither player has had much time to celebrate their accomplishments, let alone prepare for a new season and although they’ve one round on Friday to force their way through to the weekend, no matter what happens, hope springs eternal ahead of a 2020 but before that, a well-earned Christmas break.

Dutch player Wil Besseling leads the way in South Africa after posting six birdies and an eagle in a seven-under par opening effort.

South Africa’s Keith Horne, England’s Garrick Porteous and Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal are in close attendance at minus-six.

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