Haindl leads but chase is on

The Sunday Independent - - Sport -

LUSAKA: Alex Haindl main­tained his spot at the top of the leaderboard in the Zanaco Zam­bian Mas­ters yes­ter­day af­ter he shot a third round 70 on mov­ing day, which took his to­tal to 11-un­der 205 for the tour­na­ment and a sin­gle shot away from the chas­ing pack.

De­spite play­ing well at Lusaka Golf Club, Haindl found lit­tle joy in the way of birdies and only man­aged to make two on the front nine. They were, nev­er­the­less, can­celled out by the shots he dropped on his very first hole and the par-three third.

His back nine was a lot bet­ter de­spite not mak­ing any birdies there be­cause the ea­gle he made on the par-four 15th was just what he needed to bounce back af­ter fail­ing to make gains on the par-five 14th.

“I was a bit frus­trated with my­self for not mak­ing birdie at 14, so 15 re­ally helped. They had the tee up so we could go for the green and I hit it on and made the putt for a two. So that was one good thing that hap­pened to­day.”

He is happy with the way he has played in Zambia this week but reck­ons he has not scored as well as he has hit the ball.

“I guess I just have to be pa­tient be­cause some­where along the lines the putts will drop.”

He goes into the fi­nal round aim­ing to strike a healthy bal­ance between a full-on at­tack and a con­ser­va­tive ap­proach but re­fuses to get ahead of him­self.

“If you are hit­ting it well and mak­ing a few putts, you can go low here,” said Haindl, “but like I said ear­lier in the week, this course can also pun­ish you. So there’s a bal­ance between be­ing over-ag­gres­sive and be­ing over-con­ser­va­tive but its al­ways pos­si­ble. I’d love to win, we all would, but there are a lot of guys around the lead who have won big events so for me, I’m just go­ing to go out and play as well as I can.”

Cur­rent Di­men­sion Data Pro-Am cham­pion, Jaco Ah­lers, along with JJ Senekal and Stephen Fer­reira are lurk­ing dan­ger­ously be­hind him in a share of sec­ond spot on 206. So they are just one back.

Ah­lers’ round three 69 means he has shot three con­sec­u­tive rounds in the 60s in Zambia, a show of good form by any stan­dards.“Three rounds in the 60s, and un­for­tu­nately not as low as I want but still in with a shot tomorrow and that’s all you would like to have on a Sun­day,” Ah­lers said.

“Tomorrow, I’m go­ing for ev­ery­thing. We all want to win. No­body wants to fin­ish sec­ond. We all want to have tro­phies in the cab­i­net,” he said yes­ter­day.

It was the trio of Keith Horne, Titch Moore and An­dré De Decker, how­ever, which made mov­ing day count in Lusaka. They all signed for 67s but it was Horne who was the most clin­i­cal, shoot­ing a flaw­less round to be in a share of eighth with the same duo plus Lyle Rowe whose round could have been much bet­ter had he not made a dou­ble­bo­gey on the 13th.

With heavy winds fore­cast for to­day the fi­nal round could prove a stern test. – Sun­shine Tour

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