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Matthew Nixon leads in South Africa

Updated: November 21, 2013, 1:28 PM ET
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- A late charge gave England's Matthew Nixon an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the South African Open, the start of the 2014 European Tour season.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and former Masters winner Charl Schwartzel also were in early contention at their home tournament.

Nixon was one of the last players to finish Thursday, but ended with birdie, eagle, par to knock Italy's Marco Crespi and South Africa's Jbe Kruger off the top ...

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