Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Grace lurks behind Sth African Open leader

Grace lurks behind Sth African Open leader

Grace's chances looked to be fading fast when a bogey on the ninth left him six shots off the pace, but the 29-year-old South African birdied five of his last eight holes to pile the pressure on Paisley.

It could have been even better if not for a bogey on No. 13 and a double bogey on the last.

"I was a little bit rusty with some of the wedge shots but all in all I'm very pleased with the outcome". After making seven and eight birdies in his first and second rounds respectively, he managed just three on Saturday and then dropped a shot at the par-four 16th hole - his only blemish on the day and only his third bogey all week. "But this is a golf course that I've traditionally done pretty well on, and a place that I really love".

Grace had three eagles as he bids for a ninth European Tour title and to complete the set of wins at his native South Africa's three most prestigious events.

Branden Grace achieved a career first of three eagles in one round as he opened with a 65 to share the lead on day one of the BMW South African Open, proudly hosted by the metro, at Glendower Golf Club, on Thursday.

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Saddier was joint overnight leader with Paisley but after a hot-streak on the greens on Friday he could not find his range in the third round, two-putting 17 holes and three-putting the other.

Blaauw said his round would boost his confidence for Sunday's push.

He'd made seven birdies and a bogey through 16 holes. "It feels good. I don't want to get ahead of myself, just want to do my thing, but this is great for the confidence".

"I've been in this situation a couple of times and I can't say I've dealt with it too well".

Another home player, Darren Fichardt, sits in sixth on -11 after a 64 while compatriots Jacques Kruyswijk and Trevor Fisher Junior have joined Denmark's Jeff Winther on -10. Sitting in your hotel room, you just think "Man, this is hard work", but you grow as a golfer because you have to deal with a lot of bad moments, which you have to take on the chin and move on.

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