South African Open: Schwartzel claims one-shot lead

Charl Schwartzel South African Open

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Charl Schwartzel will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open aftercarding a three-under-par 69 on Saturday.

The 29-year-old South African began the day on -12 after rounds of 67 and 65 and he is now in pole position to claim his home championship as he leads Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen and Italy’s Marco Crespi by one stroke.

Hennie Otto shot the lowest round of the day and his 65 has moved him into contention on -13, with three players, Alejandro Canizares of Spain, Italy’s Andrea Pavan and Christiaan Basson of South Africa, sharing sixth place on 11-under.

There are still plenty of players who are in with a chance of landing the spoils on Sunday and South African stars Jbe Kruger and James Kamte are tied for eighth on -10 alongside Sweden’s Magnus A Carlsson.

Nine-under par might be too far away to strike gold but seven players are on that mark, with veteran Retief Goosen and England’s Andy Sullivan among the group six shots off the lead with just 18 holes to play.

Englishman Simon Dyson is playing this week with the threat of a suspension hanging over his head after he signed for the wrong score at the BMW Masters.

And, while he is too far back to challenge on Sunday, he has reached six-under par at the 54-hole stage of the event and will see that as something of a triumph with everything that must be going through his mind.

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