Nedbank Golf Challenge

Goosen extends his lead

2009-12-05 18:28
Retief Goosen (Gallo Images)
Sun City - Retief Goosen extended his lead at the Nedbank Challenge after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday to sit two shots clear of Robert Allenby and Angel Cabrera.

Goosen missed a couple of easy birdie putts but holed a 25-footer from the fringe for an eagle on the ninth. He added three birdies to sit at 12-under 204.

Allenby and Cabrera both shot a 68.

Rory McIlroy, who struggled during the first two days, withdrew before the third round with a stomach ailment.

Nick Watney of the United States had the best round of the tournament, equalling the course record with a 9-under 63. Watney had a flawless round with nine birdies, but is still five shots behind Goosen in a tie for sixth with Tim Clark.

Ross Fisher of England shot a 66 to climb into a tie for fourth with defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who missed a number of easy putts and settled for a 70.

Scores after the third round:

204 - Retief Goosen (RSA) 69-68-67

206 - Robert Allenby (AUS) 68-70-68, Angel Cabrera (ARG) 71-67-68

208 - Ross Fisher (ENG) 73-69-66, Hendrik Stenson (SWE) 70-68-70

209 - Nick Watney (USA) 73-73-63, Tim Clark (RSA) 69-72-68

211 - Luke Donald (ENG) 72-71-68

213 Robert Karlsson (SWE) 70-72-71, Hunter Mahan (USA) 70-71-72

217 - Richard Sterne (RSA) 72-75-70

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