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Desvonde leads Swazi field

2012-05-04 19:03

Ezulwini - Desvonde Botes finished the third round of the Investec Royal Swazi Sun Open on 39 points, retaining a one-point lead as the competition heated up at Royal Swazi Golf Club on Friday.

“I’m feeling good. I haven’t been in this position for quite a while, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow to really be in contention again. Today gave me a lot of confidence. I didn’t play that well, but I held it together nicely and made sure I was in the right position for tomorrow,” he said.

The Sunshine Tour veteran stayed cool, keeping bogeys from his card and securing his place atop the leaderboard of the R1-million tournament, one point clear of Christiaan Basson and Danie van Tonder.

“I played nicely,” said Botes. “Not as good as yesterday, but I held it together and made a couple of clutch putts for par. “The game is solid, and it gives me confidence to sink a few putts. I’m getting it off the tee and making a lot of fairways, a lot of greens.”

Van Tonder made an incredible 21 points, vaulting up the leaderboard and into a share of second.

“I was hitting the ball well,” he said. “And chipping well, which is the secret of these greens – chip and putt. It’s completely different being here for the first time – the more birdies the more points. I’ve been attacking the pins quite a lot, I don’t actually lay-up on this course.”

The 21-year-old, who finished tied 29th at the Africa Open in January, enjoyed the round and its outcome. “It would be nice if I could win this. I’m standing with a chance after I came back today. I made one eagle, eight birdies and the rest were pars, so it was a fun day,” he said.

Basson’s consistent style was rewarded on Friday, and his steady 11 points earned him a spot in the last match.

“I’m playing solidly – I made a lot of birdies and I was fortunate to play so nicely. I had a bit of a disappointing finish, but I have to look at the overall picture and I shot a good score. It was a good day.

“I had a solid week, and yesterday I had really good day. I’m feeling good – I’m excited to be in this position, because you’re always going to learn when you’re in the final three-ball, no matter how it turns out. Hopefully tomorrow has a positive outcome,” he said.

Botes was keen on victory and had a plan for the final round on Saturday. “We have to take it on in this format. All you can do is hit shot-by-shot as good as you can and hopefully it’s good enough,” he said.

Scores:

39 - Desvonde Botes  11 18 10

38 - Danie van Tonder  4 13 21, Christiaan Basson  10 17 11

35 - Oliver Bekker  4 16 15, Dean Burmester  11 14 10

34 - Albert Pistorius  14 6 14

33 - Wallie Coetsee  10 12 11

32 - Toto Thimba (Jnr) 12 10 10, Jake Roos  11 16 5

31 - Daniel Greene  11 11 9, Brandon Pieters  14 5 12

30 - Charl Coetzee  15 7 8, Neil Schietekat  11 10 9, Merrick Bremner  8 14 8, Des Terblanche  20 2 8

29 - Allan Versfeld  5 9 15, Trevor Fisher Jnr  15 1 13

28 - Tyrone Ferreira  14 5 9

27 - Theunis Spangenberg  10 13 4

26 - Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 8 4 14, Johan du Buisson  4 9 13, Ockie Strydom  13 4 9, Andrew Curlewis  7 10 9, Louis de Jager  11 7 8

25 - Divan van den Heever  7 8 10, Justin Harding  11 8 6, Ruan de Smidt  8 11 6

24 - Lindani Ndwandwe  8 3 13, Doug McGuigan  -1 15 10, Jacques Blaauw  12 4 8

23 - Alan McLean (SCO) 14 -4 13, Jaco Ahlers  3 10 10, Colin Nel  9 7 7, Andrew Georgiou  6 10 7, Vaughn Groenewald  12 4 7

22 - Justin Walters  9 6 7, Teboho Sefatsa  11 7 4

21 - Bryce Easton  17 -1 5

19 - Neil Cheetham (ENG) 4 6 9, Henk Alberts  -1 11 9, PH McIntyre  6 6 7, Titch Moore  8 7 4, Matthew Carvell  7 8 4

18 - Tyrone Ryan  10 0 8

17 - Bruce McDonald (ZIM) 12 1 4

16 - Ryan Tipping  6 11 -1

15 - Lyle Rowe  0 12 3, Andre Cruse  8 5 2

14 - James Kamte  10 7 -3

13 - Mark Murless  6 8 -1

11 - Tyrone Mordt  3 11 -3