Charl Schwartzel is in command of the South African Open Championship following the third round at Glendower Golf Club.
Charl took control of the South African Open Championship with a third round -6 under par 66, giving him a -13 under par total and a five shot lead over the field. Charl birdied the first four holes today, and said he could not have had a better start to his round;
“I don’t think you can ask for a much better start, with a bunched leaderboard it’s one way to get yourself separated from the field.”
“I hit some really good shots but had quite a mixed bag with some really great shots and great saves, but some bad shots that maybe had some good breaks.”
“In the big world people look at the Majors but coming from South Africa this is pretty much a Major for South Africans. It will be nice to go out and keep swinging the way I am tomorrow.”
Two players are tied in second position at -8 under par for the tournament, they are Matthew Fitzpatrick, the former US Amateur Champion, and David Drysdale. Matthew posted a -5 under par 67 for his third round and David -4 under par 68.
Matthew was very happy with his special performance, and said it will help him in his quest to keep his card, and qualify for the finals in the Race to Dubai;
“I’m delighted with the way I played today.”
“I played good for the first six holes and just didn’t make anything, but got it going on the back nine. From being two under at the turn to finish eight under was pretty special.”
“Everyone’s first aim is just to keep your card, particularly in my first year, but I am not setting my sights that I just want to make cuts to earn enough money to keep my card. My main goal is to make The Race to Dubai final and I think that’s fairly achievable.”
David carded five birdies in the last seven holes today to at least keep him in sight of the leader.
Lee Slattery is a shot further back at -7 under par after posting the lowest round of the week with a third round of 65, but halfway leader Andy Sullivan is in a group of eight players on -6 under par after struggling to a +2 over par 74 disastrous third round.