Alfred Dunhill Championship R3

Adrian Meronk holds on to lead in South Africa

November 26-29
Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Adrian Meronk is on course for a wire-to-wire victory after posting a third round 71 to hold on to a one shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.


Meronk started his round with a three shot advantage but promptly lost it after bogeying the third and fourth holes and only making par on the rest of the front nine.

His playing partner and last week’s winner, Joachim B. Hansen, started his round with back-to-back birdies and reached a share of the lead then the outright lead when Meronk missed a par putt and made bogey at the third then followed it up with another bogey at the fourth.



Hansen was leading by one shot at the turn but Meronk recovered and made birdie on three of his first four holes on the back nine while Hansen had to contend with a quadruple bogey at the 11th.

Meronk reached the 14th at one under par, giving him a one shot lead ahead of home favourite Jayden Shaper.


“I actually enjoyed it very much, even at the beginning,” said Meronk.

“It was a lot of fun playing with J.B. He got off to a good start so I was trying to catch him. It was a nice experience and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Shaper signed for a 67 after a round that included three birdies and an eagle at the 15th.

“My tee shot came down the right side of the fairway which, for that flag, kind of just sets [the eagle] up. We picked the club and we just trusted it.”



“I was really chuffed with that golf shot. I’m feeling really good with the swing at the moment. To hit a shot like that in a tournament like this is really cool.

“Throughout the tournament I’ve been playing the last four holes pretty solid. From the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, I really enjoy them. They kind of suit my shape. I love coming down the stretch knowing that I can possibly birdie them. The 16th’s a pretty tough hole, the 17th also can play a really tough hole.



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“So I know that if I get through these holes and make a nice score here I can definitely get myself closer to the top.”

Fellow South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout sits in third place two shots further back after closing his round with five birdies in eight holes.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Adrian Meronk
-14
65
66
71
202
2
Jayden Schaper
-13
69
67
67
203
T3
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-11
69
68
68
205
T4
Adri Arnaus
-10
70
67
69
206
T4
Sean Crocker
-10
70
68
68
206
T6
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
70
64
73
207
T6
Calum Hill
-9
71
69
67
207
T8
Richard Bland
-8
67
67
74
208
T8
Julian Suri
-8
71
69
68
208
T10
Marcus Armitage
-7
71
71
67
209
T10
Pedro Figueiredo
-7
72
68
69
209
T10
Scott Jamieson
-7
66
71
72
209
T10
Robin Roussel
-7
65
71
73
209
T10
Matthias Schwab
-7
70
71
68
209
T10
Daniel van Tonder
-7
69
70
70
209
T16
Alexander Levy
-6
70
72
68
210
T16
Fabrizio Zanotti
-6
71
71
68
210
T18
Wil Besseling
-5
73
70
68
211
T18
Oliver Farr
-5
70
68
73
211
T18
Wilco Nienaber
-5
71
68
72
211
T21
Christiaan Basson
-4
69
69
74
212
T21
Robert MacIntyre
-4
72
70
70
212
T21
Richard McEvoy
-4
71
70
71
212
T21
Cormac Sharvin
-4
72
72
68
212
T21
Brandon Stone
-4
71
72
69
212
T21
Johannes Veerman
-4
71
71
70
212
T21
Oliver Wilson
-4
69
69
74
212
T28
Oliver Bekker
-3
73
69
71
213
T28
Masahiro Kawamura
-3
69
73
71
213
T28
James Kingston
-3
71
68
74
213
T28
Jbe Kruger
-3
69
72
72
213
T28
Anthony Michael
-3
76
68
69
213
T28
Adrian Otaegui
-3
75
68
70
213
T28
Scott Vincent
-3
72
70
71
213
T28
Dale Whitnell
-3
70
72
71
213
T36
David Horsey
-2
69
73
72
214
T36
Matthew Jordan
-2
69
73
72
214
T36
Joost Luiten
-2
69
72
73
214
T36
Dylan Naidoo
-2
74
69
71
214
T36
Steve Surry
-2
72
70
72
214
T36
Chris Wood
-2
69
73
72
214
T36
Hennie du Plessis
-2
72
71
71
214
T43
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-1
68
75
72
215
T43
Gavin Kyle Green
-1
68
74
73
215
T45
James Hart du Preez
E
69
74
73
216
T45
Richard Sterne
E
71
73
72
216
T45
Ockie Strydom
E
68
70
78
216
T45
Mj Viljoen
E
73
69
74
216
T45
Justin Walters
E
72
72
72
216
T50
Philip Eriksson
1
74
67
76
217
T50
Darren Fichardt
1
73
70
74
217
T50
Pablo Larrazabal
1
74
69
74
217
T50
Darius van Driel
1
73
71
73
217
T54
Steven Brown
2
69
74
75
218
T54
Ruan Conradie
2
70
73
75
218
T54
Eddie Pepperell
2
71
71
76
218
T54
Marcel Siem
2
69
72
77
218
T58
Trevor Fisher Jr
3
73
71
75
219
T58
Benjamin Follett-Smith
3
69
69
81
219
T58
Martin Rohwer
3
74
70
75
219
T58
Jaco Van zyl
3
70
72
77
219
T62
Garrick Porteous
4
71
72
77
220
T62
Jean-Paul Strydom
4
73
71
76
220
64
Matthieu Pavon
5
73
69
79
221
65
Rourke van Der Spuy
6
74
69
79
222
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jacques Blaauw
1
69
76
145
CUT
Matias Calderon
1
71
74
145
CUT
George Coetzee
1
73
72
145
CUT
David Drysdale
1
72
73
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
1
74
71
145
CUT
Deon Germishuys
1
73
72
145
CUT
Keith Horne
1
75
70
145
CUT
Casey Jarvis
1
74
71
145
CUT
Anton Karlsson
1
73
72
145
CUT
Ruan Korb
1
75
70
145
CUT
Thriston Lawrence
1
76
69
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
1
75
70
145
CUT
Joel Stalter
1
76
69
145
CUT
Chris Cannon
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
2
76
70
146
CUT
Bryce Easton
2
76
70
146
CUT
Daniel Greene
2
70
76
146
CUT
Michael G. Palmer
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jake Redman
2
76
70
146
CUT
Jake Roos
2
74
72
146
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
2
73
73
146
CUT
Keenan Davidse
3
74
73
147
CUT
Julien Guerrier
3
72
75
147
CUT
Garrick Higgo
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
3
71
76
147
CUT
David Law
3
72
75
147
CUT
Ross McGowan
3
76
71
147
CUT
JC Ritchie
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jack Senior
3
76
71
147
CUT
Connor Syme
3
78
69
147
CUT
Andrew van Der Knaap
3
77
70
147
CUT
Dean Burmester
4
76
72
148
CUT
Adilson Da silva
4
74
74
148
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
4
70
78
148
CUT
Jean Hugo
4
76
72
148
CUT
Shaun Norris
4
76
72
148
CUT
Riekus Nortje
4
72
76
148
CUT
Jaco Prinsloo
4
76
72
148
CUT
Neil Schietekat
4
77
71
148
CUT
Cj du Plessis
4
74
74
148
CUT
Laurie Canter
5
74
75
149
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
5
76
73
149
CUT
Louis De Jager
5
79
70
149
CUT
Michael Hollick
5
78
71
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
5
73
76
149
CUT
Musiwalo Nethunzwi
5
79
70
149
CUT
Ricardo Santos
5
75
74
149
CUT
Toby Tree
5
74
75
149
CUT
Stefan Wears-Taylor
5
77
72
149
CUT
Lars van Meijel
5
71
78
149
CUT
Sean Bradley
6
72
78
150
CUT
Rhys Enoch
6
77
73
150
CUT
Anton Haig
6
74
76
150
CUT
Scott Hend
6
74
76
150
CUT
Albert Venter (a)
6
75
75
150
CUT
Heinrich Bruiners
7
77
74
151
CUT
Estiaan Conradie
7
75
76
151
CUT
Stephen Ferreira
7
74
77
151
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
7
78
73
151
CUT
MJ Daffue
8
76
76
152
CUT
Oliver Fisher
8
80
72
152
CUT
Joe Long
8
79
73
152
CUT
Tristen Strydom
8
78
74
152
CUT
Louis Albertse
9
73
80
153
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
9
77
76
153
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
9
73
80
153
CUT
Carlos Pigem
9
76
77
153
CUT
Ruan De Smidt
10
83
71
154
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
10
77
77
154
CUT
Adrien Saddier
10
77
77
154
CUT
Ben Stow
10
79
75
154
CUT
David Howell
11
76
79
155
CUT
Luke Jerling
11
77
78
155
CUT
Jj Senekal
11
77
78
155
CUT
Jake Bolton
12
79
77
156
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
12
79
77
156
CUT
Jorge Campillo
12
80
76
156
CUT
Jack Harrison
12
76
80
156
CUT
Benjamin Poke
12
76
80
156
CUT
Haydn Porteous
12
77
79
156
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
12
77
79
156
CUT
Callum Mowat
13
76
81
157
CUT
Hennie Otto
14
75
83
158
CUT
Teaghan Gauche
15
82
77
159
CUT
Siyanda Mwandla
15
83
76
159
CUT
Thanda Mavundla
16
81
79
160
CUT
Thomas Plumb
18
89
73
162
CUT
Merrick Bremner
19
80
83
163
WD
Alex Haindl
8
59
59
WD
Andrea Pavan
15
87
87