Charl Schwartzel lost two strokes off his lead Saturday at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, but is still in prime position to win the tournament for the fourth time in his career on Sunday.
Schwartzel fired a 2-under 70 to reach 13-under through 54 holes, giving him a three-stroke lead over France’s Benjamin Hebert and Sebastien Gros.
Gros had the round of the day, a 9-under 63 to jump from 37th to tied for second. Hebert shot a 4-under 68.
Schwartzel started the day off with a bogey, but was solid the rest of the way, with back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7 and another birdie on No. 17. Through three rounds, he has racked up eight birdies and zero bogeys on the back nine.
Gros was 1-under through the first two rounds, barely making it there after an ugly sequence of double-bogey, bogey to end the front nine on Friday.
Her more than made up for it on Saturday, racking up nine birdies in a 13-hole span including three in a row between No 5 and 7, and five in seven holes to start the back nine.
Only one other player, South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli, is within five strokes of the lead after 54 holes Frittelli shot a 66 on Thursday to reach 8-under.
Day 1 leader Christiaan Basson continued his free fall through the standings, dropping 11 spots to a tie for 20th after an even-par 72 on Saturday.
After recording a 64 to open the tournament, Basson bombed out to a 76 on Friday. He was 3-over through 13 holes before birdying three straight holes to save par for the round.