SUNNY CITY, South Africa (Reuters) – Local favorite Christian Bezuidenhout is on track to win the back of the European Tour after South Africa opened a steady 67 on Saturday to take a healthy five-point lead in the final round.
Bezudenhaut, 26, won the Alfred Dunhill championship last week with four 14-pointers and went down in the final round on Sunday at Gary’s Country, after making just two shots in his first 54 holes.
He brilliantly held on to Leopard Creek’s nerve to note that triumph as his challengers battled in windy conditions, and once again showed on Saturday his accuracy in hitting the greens and his consistency with the butter.
Compatriot Dylan Fritelli, 70, and Welshman Jamie Donaldson are his closest rivals at the 10th level.
Donaldson followed the sensational 63rd on Friday with a disappointing third-round result of 72 to knock down five shots from the lead as he had not won a European Tour event in the last six years.
Report by Nick Said; Edited by Ken Ferris