The 43-year-old South African holed seven birdies and an eagle on his way to falling one stroke short of the course record. Els' bogey-free round sees him lead a pack of four which includes England’s Matthew Baldwin and Germany’s Martin Kaymer who are eight under.
Englishman Tom Lewis, who won the Silver Medal for leading amateur at the 2011 US Open, is currently tied in sixth on seven under.
Lewis’ round didn’t get off to the best of starts with a bogey on his first hole but found his form, eagling the par-five 11th hole as well as collecting six birdies in eight holes.
Els, however, was the standout player of the day and continued in his fine run of form after securing joint fourth at last week’s US Open.
The reigning Open champion flew out of the blocks, sinking six birdies in 11 holes and came within inches of equalling the course record of 62 but missed his eagle putt on the last hole.
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