Flaw­less Wang surges ahead at Sun City

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South Korean Je­ung-hun Wang de­fied dif­fi­cult con­di­tions at the Gary Player Coun­try Club to shoot a su­perb third-round 64 and grab a three­shot lead in the Euro­pean Tour’s Ned­bank Chal­lenge yes­ter­day.

Only 17 of the re­main­ing field of 70 posted below-par scores but Wang made a mock­ery of those strug­gles with the low­est round of the tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing six birdies and an eagle for a an ag­gre­gate to­tal of 11 un­der par.

He fin­ished three shots ahead of home favourite Louis Oosthuizen (70) with Eng­land’s Andy Sul­li­van (68) in third on seven un­der, four shots be­hind the leader. The 21-year-old Wang is seek­ing his third Euro­pean Tour vic­tory of 2016 in what has been his break­through year.

He started the third round five shots be­hind half­way leader Alex Noren (74), but four birdies in his first six holes, in­clud­ing a chip in from off the green on the fourth, gave him mo­men­tum.

He rock­eted to the top of the leader­board with an eagle at the par-five 10th be­fore adding birdies on 11 and 18.

Oosthuizen turned at level par for the round af­ter nine holes but looked well in con­tention with four birdies head­ing back to the club­house, be­fore dropped shots on 17 and 18.

The Race to Dubai looks as though it will go down to the wire at the sea­so­nend­ing DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship in Dubai next week af­ter money-list leader Hen­rik Sten­son carded a 69 for an ag­gre­gate to­tal of four un­der par, seven shots be­hind Wang.

The Swede could wrap up the ti­tle of Europe’s top golfer in 2016 with vic­tory at Sun City and a fin­ish out­side of the top 10 for his near­est ri­val, Danny Wil­lett, who ral­lied on Satur­day for a 67 that left him tied for 17th on level par. —Reuters

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