Joburg Open R3

Nienaber takes lead into final day

November 19-22
Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
ZAR 19,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Wilco Nienaber heads into the final round of the Joburg Open with a one shot lead over Joachim B. Hansen.


Nienaber turned professional last year but has had limited starts on the 2020 Race to Dubai after missing out on his card at the Qualifying School. He recorded two top tens and now has a chance at a maiden win in his 23rd event and to become the youngest champion in Joburg Open history.

“It felt like a struggle to be honest,” said Nienaber of his third round. “But around the turn I holed a few crucial putts which really kept the momentum going and from there I just kept going. I’m pleased with the round.”



“It’s going to be great, it’s going to be the first time that I’m in that situation and I’m just going to embrace it and enjoy the day.”

Playing in his 146th European Tour event, Hansen is also looking for a maiden win on Tour. He won twice and graduated three times on the European Challenge Tour where he topped the Rankings in 2018.

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“I love it here, I’ve played well on this course before. It was good golf, good putting, good iron shots.

“It’ll be the same (on Sunday). Keep the ball in play, hit a lot of greens. Hit it in the spots where we want to hit it and see where it gets us.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Wilco Nienaber
-16
63
67
67
197
2
Joachim B. Hansen
-15
66
68
64
198
T3
Jacques Blaauw
-11
66
63
73
202
T3
Richard Bland
-11
67
67
68
202
T3
Shaun Norris
-11
63
70
69
202
T3
Brandon Stone
-11
70
68
64
202
7
Aaron Cockerill
-10
64
68
71
203
T8
Zander Lombard
-9
69
65
70
204
T8
Steve Surry
-9
67
71
66
204
T10
Dean Burmester
-8
72
68
65
205
T10
Bryce Easton
-8
69
69
67
205
T10
Darren Fichardt
-8
67
69
69
205
T10
Scott Jamieson
-8
67
70
68
205
T10
Niklas Lemke
-8
68
66
71
205
T10
Martin Rohwer
-8
69
70
66
205
T10
Julian Suri
-8
66
68
71
205
T10
Romain Wattel
-8
68
68
69
205
T18
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-7
65
70
71
206
T18
Neil Schietekat
-7
69
67
70
206
T18
Lars van Meijel
-7
70
69
67
206
T21
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-6
68
69
70
207
T21
Estiaan Conradie
-6
68
68
71
207
T21
Rhys Enoch
-6
65
69
73
207
T21
Oliver Farr
-6
66
68
73
207
T21
Chase Hanna
-6
69
68
70
207
T21
Joel Sjoholm
-6
69
71
67
207
T21
Jayden Trey Schaper
-6
67
68
72
207
T21
Scott Vincent
-6
69
67
71
207
T21
Hennie du Plessis
-6
71
70
66
207
T30
Richard McEvoy
-5
65
75
68
208
T30
Jaco Prinsloo
-5
68
72
68
208
T30
Antoine Rozner
-5
69
70
69
208
T30
Toby Tree
-5
72
68
68
208
T34
Grant Forrest
-4
72
68
69
209
T34
James Hart du Preez
-4
71
67
71
209
T34
Matthew Jordan
-4
69
68
72
209
T34
Peter Karmis
-4
72
68
69
209
T34
Jbe Kruger
-4
68
72
69
209
T34
Adrian Otaegui
-4
69
70
70
209
T34
Jake Redman
-4
68
73
68
209
T34
Lorenzo Scalise
-4
67
70
72
209
T34
Matthew Spacey
-4
72
68
69
209
T34
Johannes Veerman
-4
64
71
74
209
T44
Marcus Armitage
-3
69
71
70
210
T44
Jonathan Caldwell
-3
69
70
71
210
T44
Daniel Greene
-3
71
69
70
210
T44
Hennie Otto
-3
69
68
73
210
T44
Benjamin Poke
-3
71
70
69
210
T44
Marcel Siem
-3
66
71
73
210
T50
Louis Albertse
-2
70
69
72
211
T50
Steven Brown
-2
71
66
74
211
T50
Louis De Jager
-2
68
69
74
211
T50
Ruan De Smidt
-2
69
72
70
211
T50
Justin Walters
-2
73
68
70
211
T50
Dale Whitnell
-2
69
71
71
211
T56
Yikeun Chang
-1
69
71
72
212
T56
Adilson Da silva
-1
65
74
73
212
T56
Ryan Lumsden (a)
-1
69
72
71
212
T56
Alvaro Quiros
-1
70
71
71
212
T56
Daniel van Tonder
-1
69
69
74
212
T61
Heinrich Bruiners
E
70
65
78
213
T61
Ewen Ferguson
E
71
68
74
213
T61
Deon Germishuys
E
67
74
72
213
T61
Gavin Kyle Green
E
66
71
76
213
T61
Keith Horne
E
71
69
73
213
T61
Daan Huizing
E
69
70
74
213
T61
Ruan Korb
E
70
70
73
213
T61
Mj Viljoen
E
69
72
72
213
T61
Oliver Wilson
E
73
68
72
213
T70
Andre De Decker
1
70
68
76
214
T70
Pedro Figueiredo
1
72
69
73
214
T70
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
1
70
71
73
214
T70
Anton Haig
1
69
72
73
214
T70
Garrick Higgo
1
68
71
75
214
T70
Richard Joubert
1
73
67
74
214
T76
Jack Harrison
2
71
70
74
215
T76
Ockie Strydom
2
69
72
74
215
T78
Benjamin Follett-Smith
3
65
72
79
216
T78
Jack Senior
3
68
73
75
216
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
E
73
69
 
142
CUT
Oliver Bekker
E
70
72
 
142
CUT
David Dixon
E
75
67
 
142
CUT
Philip Eriksson
E
73
69
 
142
CUT
Malcolm Mitchell
E
68
74
 
142
CUT
Nikhil Rama
E
72
70
 
142
CUT
Jake Roos
E
72
70
 
142
CUT
Robin Roussel
E
71
71
 
142
CUT
Richard Sterne
E
70
72
 
142
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
E
71
71
 
142
CUT
Darius van Driel
E
70
72
 
142
CUT
Wil Besseling
1
74
69
 
143
CUT
Keenan Davidse
1
69
74
 
143
CUT
David Drysdale
1
71
72
 
143
CUT
Janne Kaske
1
74
69
 
143
CUT
David Law
1
66
77
 
143
CUT
Thriston Lawrence
1
70
73
 
143
CUT
Joost Luiten
1
74
69
 
143
CUT
Ross McGowan
1
72
71
 
143
CUT
Adrian Meronk
1
75
68
 
143
CUT
Breyten Meyer
1
73
70
 
143
CUT
Anthony Michael
1
73
70
 
143
CUT
Andre Nel
1
71
72
 
143
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
1
72
71
 
143
CUT
JC Ritchie
1
72
71
 
143
CUT
Ricardo Santos
1
72
71
 
143
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
1
69
74
 
143
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
1
73
70
 
143
CUT
Adri Arnaus
2
75
69
 
144
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
2
72
72
 
144
CUT
Scott Hend
2
73
71
 
144
CUT
James Kingston
2
69
75
 
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
2
73
71
 
144
CUT
Dylan Naidoo
2
72
72
 
144
CUT
Peetie van Der Merwe
2
70
74
 
144
CUT
Christiaan Basson
3
69
76
 
145
CUT
Oliver Fisher
3
73
72
 
145
CUT
Trevor Fisher Jr
3
72
73
 
145
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
3
70
75
 
145
CUT
Luke Jerling
3
71
74
 
145
CUT
Callum Mowat
3
72
73
 
145
CUT
Adriel Poonan
3
76
69
 
145
CUT
Merrick Bremner
4
76
70
 
146
CUT
Sam Broadhurst (a)
4
75
71
 
146
CUT
Matias Calderon
4
75
71
 
146
CUT
MJ Daffue
4
73
73
 
146
CUT
Joe Long
4
73
73
 
146
CUT
Michael G. Palmer
4
78
68
 
146
CUT
Haydn Porteous
4
73
73
 
146
CUT
Garrick Porteous
4
72
74
 
146
CUT
Adrien Saddier
4
77
69
 
146
CUT
Jaco Van zyl
4
70
76
 
146
CUT
Hayden Griffiths
5
73
74
 
147
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
5
77
70
 
147
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
5
72
75
 
147
CUT
Makhetha Mazibuko
5
77
70
 
147
CUT
Riekus Nortje
5
73
74
 
147
CUT
Jj Senekal
5
74
73
 
147
CUT
Cj du Plessis
5
75
72
 
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
6
73
75
 
148
CUT
Rourke van Der Spuy
6
75
73
 
148
CUT
Desne van den Bergh
6
73
75
 
148
CUT
Sean Crocker
7
73
76
 
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
7
72
77
 
149
CUT
Thanda Mavundla
7
76
73
 
149
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
7
72
77
 
149
CUT
Allister De Kock
8
74
76
 
150
CUT
Jack Floydd
8
74
76
 
150
CUT
Colin Nel
8
75
75
 
150
CUT
Stephen Ferreira
9
74
77
 
151
CUT
Jean Hugo
11
77
76
 
153
CUT
Evance Vukeya
12
76
78
 
154
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
13
76
79
 
155
CUT
Alex Haindl
15
79
78
 
157
CUT
Thabiso Ngcobo
17
74
85
 
159
CUT
Andrea Pavan
20
83
79
 
162
WD
Ruan Conradie
5
73
63
 
136