Sunday, 29 November 2015

Charl Schwartzel leads by three at Alfred Dunhill Championship

Charl Schwartzel took a three-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship as he closed in on a fourth career success at the Leopard Creek course in Malelane.

The South African ground out a two-under-par 70 after bogeying the first, with France's Sebastien Gros the stand-out performer in the third round with a nine-under-par 63.

Gros joined compatriot Benjamin Hebert in a tie for second after the latter's four-under round of 68 .

Schwartzel, 31, dropped a shot on the par-four first and had a nervy six-foot putt to save par on the third. He made it three birdies in a row on the sixth for the week and picked up further shots at the seventh and 17th.

Gros, who finished as runner-up on the second-tier Challenge Tour last season, set the clubhouse target courtesy of nine birdies and was tied for the lead when 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel suffered his hiccup at the first.

Hebert's birdie on the last helped him into a tie for second, adding to birdies at the fourth, seventh, 12th, 13th and 16th while South African Dylan Frittelli landed himself in fourth place at eight under overall after a third-round 66.

Dutchman Joost Luiten, who had been part of a four-way tie for second at halfway, slipped back into a tie for fifth with a 71. He was joined there by Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Denmark's Lasse Jensen, who both shot 67s, and Scotland's David Drysdale with a 69.

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