Charl Schwartzel fired a 66, his best round of the tournament to date, to open up a 5-stroke lead headed into the final round of the South African Open on Saturday.
Schwartzel dropped to 13-under with the fiery round, putting himself five strokes ahead of Scotland’s David Drysdale and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Schwartzel was a bogey away from breaking the course record on the front nine, otherwise birdying six holes, including the first four in a row.
Drysdale had his second 68 in three days, but really hurt his own chances with a double bogey 6 on No. 10. He compensated by birdying five of the last seven holes.
Fitzpatrick had his third wild round in a row. He was 1-over on Thursday thanks to a double bogey on 17, then fired a 68 on Friday with an eagle on 15. He was 1-over at the turn Saturday, then had four birdies and another eagle down the stretch to shoot a 67.
England’s Lee Slattery is all alone in fourth at 7-under after firing the best score of the tournament, a 65, on Saturday.