Leishman pips Stenson for lead
Australian Marc Leishman rallied from behind to take a one-shot lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge’s third round by posting a score of -14 with a score of 66 at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, North West yesterday.
Second behind him was the challenge’s 2008 champion, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who posted a score of -13 after carding a 70.
South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl came third after registering -10 with an uninspiring 72 after he and Stenson, who was in pole position, were fighting for the top spot.
Leishman was battling to find his rhythm and get his shots straight on to the fairway when the day started. He found his mojo on the back nine by netting two successive birdies on the par-four 17th and 18th holes, which proved to be too difficult for Stenson, who was at this stage leading. Leishman’s good showing dropped Stenson into second after an avoidable double bogey on the 17th.
That cost the Swede – who is making a fifth appearance – dearly, as he then started to lose concentration.
For Van Zyl, who is making his debut, it was a good and competitive day of golf among some of the world’s finest. Van Zyl had the galleries in raptures, as most of his well-executed fairway shots found the greens with ease.
Van Zyl, who was in second place behind Stenson on Friday, registered birdies on holes one, two and four.
Branden Grace came joint fifth with Austrian Bern Wiesberger, on -7 apiece.
On Friday, Stenson showed his determination on the challenging Gary Player-designed course when he blitzed the back nine to lead the pack. He carded a score of 67 to lead Van Zyl by one stroke to become the overnight leader.
The Swede made three bogeys on Friday, which cancelled out his spirited start of three straight birdies in the first five holes.
Van Zyl surged ahead on the second day, until Stenson overtook him on the 17th hole.
Grace started the contest on a high by posting a 68 on the opening day, but form deserted him in the second round, when he registered a disappointing 74.