Pretoria - European Tour rookie Alexander Bjork and Scott
Jamieson shot matching three-under-par 68s to remain joint leaders on
13-under-par 200 after the third round of the Tshwane Open on Saturday.
Bjork, 26, whose father is caddying for him for the first
time in a big tournament, was sanguine about the prospect of winning his first
European Tour title.
"I didn't feel any pressure," he said of having
been a front-runner since Friday's second round. "I try to keep calm and
enjoy myself. I won't do anything different tonight, I will try to have a good
night's sleep and come out tomorrow (Sunday) and play well."
Swede Bjork used irons off several of the tees at the
Pretoria Country Club.
"I like this sort of course," he said. "It's
narrow and a bit shorter. You need to think a bit more. I try to pick a spot
and attack with an iron."
Scotland's Jamieson, whose only European Tour win was in the
Nelson Mandela championship in Durban in 2013, said he felt he was in a good
position to win.
"Yet again I was really good tee to green but I felt as
if I left quite a few out there on the greens."
But on a day of low scoring, with players able to place the
ball on wet fairways, a host of challengers drew close to Bjork and Jamieson,
who were also the second round leaders in the European Tour and Sunshine Tour
South Africa's Dean Burmester and Spain's Jorge Campillo
were both one shot off the pace after shooting 65s. Campillo finished
birdie-birdie-eagle to leap up the leaderboard.
Mikko Korhonen of Finland was two behind, while five players
were a further stroke behind on 203, including Englishman Oliver Fisher, who
scorched around in nine-under 62, and Australia's Ben Eccles, who shot 64.
Bjork, who has yet to miss a cut in seven events since
winning his European Tour card last year, birdied the first two holes and led
by two after 12 holes.
But he failed to get up and down from a bunker on 13,
dropping only his third shot of the tournament, while Jamieson made birdie to
Both players bogeyed the par-four 15th but birdied the
Scores at the end of the third round of the Tshwane Open, a
co-sanctioned European Tour and Sunshine Tour event, at Pretoria Country
Club on Saturday (RSA unless noted):
200 - Scott Jamieson (SCO) 67-65-68, Alexander Bjork (SWE) 65-67-68
201 - Dean Burmester 68-68-65, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 67-69-65
202 - Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 66-69-67
- Oliver Fisher (ENG) 71-70-62, Ben Eccles (AUS) 66-73-64, Thomas Aiken
72-62-69, James Morrison (ENG) 67-66-70, Peter Karmis 67-67-69
204 - Zander Lombard 69-70-65, Peter Uihlein (USA) 69-70-65
205- Dawie van der Walt 72-67-66, Marc Warren (SCO) 68-70-67, Gregory Havret (FRA) 65-70-70, Justin Walters 66-68-71
206 - Paul Dunne (IRL) 73-68-65, Ross McGowan (ENG) 69-69-68,
- Dylan Frittelli 71-71-65, Richie Ramsay (SCO) 68-70-69, Duncan
Stewart (SCO) 66-72-69, Jacques Blaauw 69-68-70, Hennie Otto 68-70-69,
Steve Webster (ENG) 70-67-70, Jordan Smith (ENG) 69-68-70
Bernd Ritthammer (GER) 72-70-66, Vaughn Groenewald 70-62-66, Jose-Filipe
Lima (POR) 71-69-68, Alexander Knappe (GER) 72-68-68, Wallie Coetsee
71-68-69, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 73-66-69, Jacques Kruyswijk 69-69-70