Three Tied Atop Joburg Leaderboard
It promises to be a photo finish Sunday in South Africa, where three players are tied for first place, and a full 14 are within five strokes of the lead.
South Africa’s Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous, and the UK’s Anthony Wall, are all 15-under, with Lombard using a Day 3 65 to rocket 17 places up the leaderboard.
Ranked 459th in the world, Lombard is two days shy of his 21st birthday. He has been sharp so far this season, finished fourth at the Australian PGA Championship in December, and tied for 12th at the BMW SA Open.
He had nine birdies on Saturday offset by a pair of bogeys, and is 14-under over the past two rounds after starting the tournament with a 71.
He’s tied for first with Wall, who maintained his position in first by playing his second bogey-free round in three days, finishing with a 68. Porteous shot a 68 to move up from fourth, starting the day with an eagle on No. 1 for the second time in three days, but giving it back with consecutive bogeys on No. 3 and 4.
Day 2 leader Ross McGowan saw his 3-stroke lead vanish in a hurry as he plummeted from a course-tying record 62 to a 1-over 73, dropping two strokes back at 13-under. He was 1-under through six holes before double-bogeying No. 7. He got back to even par with a birdie on No. 8, but bogeys on 10 and 13 saw him finish 11 strokes above his torrid pace on Friday.
One of the only Americans in the field, Daniel IM made a big move on Saturday, jumping from 24th to tied for fourth with a 7-under 65 to get to 13-under. IM is quietly putting together the most consistent resume of the tournament. He’s recorded just one bogey through 54 holes, and had seven birdies on Saturday. Like Lombard, IM is still short of his 21st birthday.