Schwartzel, Scott continue to lead in South Africa, Australia

Third Round – European Tour – Alfred Dunhill Championship – Leopard Creek Country Club – Malelane, South Africa –

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel engineered a bogey-free 67 Saturday in the third round of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Schwartzel, who is the defending champion at this event, has back-to-back bogey-free rounds under his belt and heads into the final round as the 54-hole leader at 13-under overall. He has a two-shot advantage against Richard Finch.

Henrie Otto is T-6 at 7-under alongside Ross Fisher. Brendon de Jonge, a fellow Presidents Cup teammate of Schwartzel this summer, shot 68. He is T-8 but seven back of the leader.

Schwartzel, 21st in the Official World Golf Ranking, has eight European Tour titles including the Masters. His first career European Tour victory was here at the Dunhill in 2005. The South African finished 27th in the Race To Dubai Standings this year.

Morten Orum Madsen, the champion last week at the South African Open, was again the story this week after opening 65-71. But, he slipped back Saturday after carding a 7-over-79 falling to T-34.

Other Golf News:

  • Adam Scott increased his overnight lead at the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Emirates Australian Open Saturday carding a 4-under-68 at Royal Sydney Golf Club to reach 16-under through 54 holes. Scott leads Rory McIlroy by four shots heading into the final round.
  • Schwartzel, a 3-to-1 favorite at this week, hit 17 of 18 Greens In Regulation in round three at the Dunhill. He is also 9 of 11 in Scrambling this week.
  • Hideki Matsuyama shot 68 to reach 10-under and leads the Japan Tour’s Casio World Open with 18 holes to play. Matsuyama, 25th in the world rankings, finished inside the Top 20 in three major championships this year including a T-6 at the Open Championship.
  • World No. 11 Jason Day, who won the individual competition in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf last week, shot 66 in the third round in Sydney and is T-10.