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Mordt leads Nashua Masters

2011-11-05 21:42

Port Edwards – Tyrone Mordt got on an early roll on Saturday and moved into a one-stroke lead ahead of the final round of the R1.2-million Nashua Master being played at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

After making par on the first hole, he made birdie on the 315-metre second, eagle on the 497-metre third, birdie on the very short 110-metre fourth and birdie on the 385-metre fifth.

At five-under through five, he was sitting pretty, and another birdie on the 505-metre seventh meant he was able to turn in 29 on the 5,807-metre par-70 layout.

After that, things went quiet for the 28-year-old nephew of former Springbok rugby great Ray Mordt, and he had eight pars and a double-bogey six on the 401-metre 14th to show for his efforts around the homeward nine.

“I don’t know what happened there,” he confessed. “I hit a perfect drive, and had a nine-iron in. I just hit it right into the bushes and three-putted for double. I must have just lost my concentration, because I hit the approach well enough. I must just have lined it up incorrectly.”

But his early heroics were enough to give him a four-under 66 for a one-stroke edge over Shaun Norris as the 2008 Africa Open champion had an error-free round, with his eagle three on the 492-metre 16th vaulting him into contention.

It was a day on which the course was there for the taking after the brutal conditions – wind and rain – of the second round had made scoring very difficult.

With three players inside the top 20 carding six-under-par 64, and three more 65, the almost windless conditions seemed ideal for the leaders to carve out great chunks of a lead for themselves.

But Mordt’s playing partners Garth Mulroy and Darryn Lloyd were unable to get things going, and after carding rounds of two-over 72 and four-over 74 respectively, have found themselves with a mountain to climb if they are to pull off a victory.

Mulroy, in particular, struggled, and he had an especially bad time of it around the turn as he dropped six shots from the eighth to the 11th. And a double-bogey five on the 17th set him even further back, and, after starting one-stroke off the lead, he found himself with a five-stroke deficit going into the final round.

Lloyd’s round saw him settle into a share of third at three-under-par for the tournament with Brandon Pieters, Jean Hugo, Theunis Spangenberg, Justin Harding and David Hewan.

They all have the wherewithal l with which to win, but Mordt, who is seeking his maiden professional victory, is determined to hand tough.

“I’ve been in contention once or twice before,” he said, “so tomorrow will not be a completely new experience.

“But I’m glad I had a tough back nine today, because I think it will help me grind things out if the going gets difficult in the final round.”

Scores (RSA unless specified):
205 - Tyrone Mordt 68 71 66
206 - Shaun Norris 68 73 65
207 - Brandon Pieters 71 72 64, Jean Hugo 68 73 66, Theunis Spangenberg 70 71 66, Justin Harding 70 71 66, David Hewan 71 68 68, Darryn Lloyd 64 71 72
209 - Justin Walters 77 68 64, Darren Fichardt 70 74 65, Wallie Coetsee 72 70 67
210 - Martin Maritz 69 74 67, Ulrich van den Berg 72 71 67, Andre Cruse 73 69 68, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 71 71 68, Oliver Bekker 68 72 70, Garth Mulroy 67 69 74
211 - Lyle Rowe 75 71 65, Alex Haindl 73 72 66, Jacques Blaauw 73 70 68, Anthony Michael 72 69 70
212 - Andrew Georgiou 76 72 64, PH McIntyre 74 72 66, Willie van der Merwe 71 73 68, Matthew Carvell 70 74 68, Merrick Bremner 74 69 69, Desvonde Botes 71 72 69, Neil Schietekat 70 72 70, Jaco Van Zyl 70 71 71
213 - Prinavin Nelson 76 72 65, Thabang Simon 74 74 65, Louis de Jager 74 72 67, Chris Swanepoel 75 71 67, Jaco Ahlers 72 73 68, Josh Cunliffe 71 74 68, Nic Henning 72 71 70, Daniel Greene 71 70 72
214 - Derik Ferreira 77 71 66, Peter Wilson (ENG) 73 75 66, Trevor Fisher Jnr 72 72 70
215 - Brett Liddle 78 70 67, Andrew Curlewis 72 75 68, Dean O'Riley 71 75 69, Jake Roos 71 74 70, Charl Coetzee 70 71 74
216 - Mark Murless 75 74 67, Steven Ferreira 76 73 67, Dawie Van der Walt 75 73 68, Johan Bekker 74 73 69, Alan Michell 72 74 70, Lindani Ndwandwe 70 76 70, Robert Wiederkehr (SUI) 70 76 70, Callie Swart 69 75 72
217 - Warren Abery 72 72 73, George Coetzee 70 72 75
218 - James Kamte 76 73 69, Stuart Clark (WAL) 68 80 70, Dean Burmester 72 75 71, Divan van den Heever 70 77 71
219 - JJ Senekal 73 75 71, Vaughn Groenewald 71 76 72, Jake Redman 77 69 73, Doug McGuigan 73 73 73
220 - Colin Nel 76 73 71
223 - David Ryan 72 77 74
226 - Patrick Spindler 74 75 77