After three rounds of the weather interrupted inaugural Tshwane Open, there are four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, in South Africa.
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Darren Fichardt, the first round leader of the Tshwane Open, finished day three with a hat-trick of birdies to be part of a four-way tie for the lead. Darren rejoined the leaders with a brilliant third round of -8 under par, 64 and a tournament total of -16 under par.
Darren said he had been upset by his poor second round, and was determined to catch up with the leaders;
” I was upset with yesterday’s round and I fell back to four behind. I wanted to catch that up and get into the mix for tomorrow. I’m just hitting the right shots at the right time and making crucial putts. If I do hit a bad shot I recover from it and that’s what adds up to good scores, so I’m very happy with my game right now.”
Tied with Darren at -16 under par are; Charl Coetzee, Dawie Van Der Walt, all South Africans, and Mark Tullo from Chile. Mark looks to be the only foreign player who could upset an all African top three finish. There is always a chance that American Peter Uihlein could also make a last round charge, he is currently alone in fifth position at -14 under par.
Dowie thinks that making bogies is bad, and you would have to make two birdies just to catch up again;
” It’s good not to make bogies, if you make one then you have to make two birdies to be under par. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day, the course is fairly wide, so it’s really about hitting it close and making some putts.”
Charl has admitted that it is tough to be a front-runner, but he is trying to enjoy it;
” This is a new experience for me and I’m loving it, so I’m just trying to enjoy it. Who knows what happens tomorrow? Enjoying it is the most important thing because it keeps me nice and calm, nice and relaxed and I can just focus on what I need to do. I felt like I played really nicely on the back nine, although I felt like the bogies were a little unnecessary.”
With only two shots covering the first five players, tomorrow is going to be a shoot-out. Last man standing with no mistakes will win the inaugural title, Tshwane Open.