Shubhankar Sharma, from India,has the 54 hole lead at the Joburg Open.
Shubhankar fired -7 under par 65 on the Firethorn Course at Randpark Golf Club to lead the Joburg Open by five shots at -20 under par;
“I’m really happy, I wanted to play even though I shot a ten under yesterday and it is always difficult to follow up on a low round.”
“I’m really proud of the way I played today.”
“I’m very pleased that I came to the Joburg Open. I had my visa but it has been a very long season so I was contemplating if I wanted to come here.”
“I’m really happy that I did!”
Christofer Blomstrand, Sweden, has second place, coming close to posting a 59, having a good day with the putter, but he settled for a -10 under 62, getting him to within five shots of the leader at -15 under par, qualifying for The Open is also on his mind;
“It’s a really nice birthday present! I was really happy with my putter.”
“I was hitting quite good shots in the beginning of my round and then I holed them as well.”
“Of course it means a lot that there are Open Championship spots available here but we have to treat this like a normal event.”
Sharing third place at -14 under par are James Morrison, England, -5 under 67 today and Erik van Rooyen, South Africa, -2 under 70.
James is relying on his experience;
“Experience told me what I needed to do and to shoot, but you can’t factor in the guy who shoots 62, or the guy who’s seven under and pulling away.”
“Can’t wait for tomorrow, I’ve been here so many times before so I’ve got to draw on all my experience, losses and wins.”
“The thought of getting into the Open enters my thinking massively.”