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Fleetwood (10-under) heads strong leader board at Volvo Golf

Third Round –European Tour – Volvo Golf Champions – Durban Country Club – Durban, South Africa –

A strong leader board heads into the final round of the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa.

Tommy Fleetwood is the 54-hole leader at 10-under overall. He leads Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson by a shot and defending champion Louis Oosthuizen by two strokes.

Fleetwood won his maiden tour victory last year at the Johnnie Walker Championship in a three-man playoff and will need to hold off a proven leader board Sunday to capture this title.

Both Luiten and Dubuisson ended up in the Top 12 on the European Tour Money List last season. While Dubuisson was 6th overall making 13 of 21 cuts, Luiten was 5th on tour in Scoring Average.

The Top 10 includes players with European Tour victories on their resume including Branden Grace (5th place at 7-under) and two-way tie at 6th with Jamie Donaldson (5th last year in the Race To Dubai Standings) and Raphael Jacquelin, the leader after round one.

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is T-8, while Darren Clarke isT-10 at 4-under and just six back with 18 holes to play at Durban Country Club. Paul Casey (65 in round three) and Padraig Harrington are also at T-10.

Fleetwood, a 40-to-1 pick to win at Skybet.com to begin the week, started 32 tournaments last year making 24 cuts and finishing 26th on the money list. The putter will be key Sunday for the 22-year-old. He struggled a bit last year at 108th in Putts Per Round.

Look for Luiten, 18-1, to use his experience to make an impact Sunday, but Oosthuizen is due to bounce back.

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  • Brian Stuard posted rounds of 65-65 to reach 10-under and leads the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii by a shot. He is searching for his first win on the tour.
  • Oosthuizen, a 12-1 pick this week, recorded three bogeys and a costly triple-bogey 7 late in his round to fall out of the lead in South Africa.
  • Jordan Spieth and Vijay Singh missed the cut at the Sony Open, while John Daly, Brian Gay and Brendon de Jonge made the weekend cut on the number at 1-under.
  • Harris English (T-4 at the Sony Open in Hawaii through two rounds) is looking for his third career PGA Tour.