Leish­man pips Sten­son for lead

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE at Sun City pmokhine@city­press.co.za

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.

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