South African Open R3

Bezuidenhout takes 5-shot lead into final day

December 03-06
Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Christiaan Bezuidenhout is on course to win back-to-back titles after a 5-under 67 at the South African Open.

He won his second European Tour title last week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and has a good chance of claiming his third this week by taking a five shot lead into the final round on Sunday.

“I’m really happy to be in this position. I’ve played three solid rounds of golf and have stuck to my game plan by not taking the golf course on and just keeping it in play.

“This is my fourth week in a row, but I’ve been sleeping well and my body is holding up quite well.

“I’m just trying to manage myself. I just need to hold up for another 24 hours. But it’s amazing to be in this position.”

Tied in second place behind him are Jamie Donaldson and Dylan Frittelli.

Donaldson, who was tied for the lead with Bezuidenhout overnight and was partnered with him, put up a good fight over the front nine, even gaining the lead after Bezuidenhout bogeyed the third hole, and was one shot behind making the turn in 35.

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But Bezuidenhout made three more birdies in the back nine for a 33 while Donaldson made three bogeys to close his round with a 72.

Frittelli signed for a 70 in a mixed round comprised of three bogeys and five birdies.

South Africans Dean Burmester and JC Ritchie shot rounds of 71 and 66 respectively to tie for fourth place six shots behind the leader.