Saturday, December 03, 2016

David Drysdale's 64 lifts him into sixth 

place in South


South Africans continue to dominate the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club, Malelane, South Africa.
Long-time leader Brandon Stone shot a third-round, six-under 66 for 17-under 199 and now leads by three shots from compattiors Charl Schwartzel (68 for 202) and Keith Horne (67 for 202).
Sharing second place in England's front-runner, Chris Hanson after a 68 for 202.
Scotland's David Drysdale, pictured above,  moved up to sixth place with a brilliant round of 64 - the lowest round of the day - for 11-under 205.
Scott Jamieson moved back into the top 10, well a share of 10th place, with a 69 for 207. Highlight of his card was an eagle 3 - his second in 54 holes - at the 1tth.
Par 216 (3x72)
players from South Africa unless stated otherwise
199 Brandon Stone 67 66 66
202 Charl Schwartzel 66 68 68, Chris Hanson (England) 69 65 68, Keith Horne 69 66 67.
204 Ben Hebert (France) 70 66 689
205 David Drysdale (Scotland) 70 71 64.
206 Bryce Easton 70 69 67, Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 67 70 69, Richard Sterne 68 70 68

207 Scott Jamieson (Scotland) 67 71 69 (T10)
208 Graeme Storm (England) 73 67 68 (T18)
209 Max Orrin (England) 67 73 69 (T21)
210 Michael Hoey (N Ireland) 69 71 70, Richard McEvoy (England) 72 66 72, Ashley Chesters (England) 72 71 67 (T23)
211 George Coetzee 70 65 76, Paul Dunne (Ireland) 66 73 72.

David Drysdale sang the praises of Leopard Creek Country Club after Saturday's 64 saw him jump up the leaderboard at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The Scot began the day eight strokes behind halfway leader and home favourite Brandon Stone after posting rounds of 70 and 71 on Thursday and Friday respectively.
But Drysdale, playing his 408th European Tour event this week, made a fantastic start to his third round, reaching the turn in 30, courtesy of gains at the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth.
And after picking up another shot at the 11th, Drysdale rolled in his ten foot birdie putt at the 13th before repeating the trick from eight feet at the next.
The 41 year old Scot from Dunbar finished his round with a great par save at the 18th to head into Sunday's fourth round on 11 under par, six shots behind leader Stone.
Drysdale, who has his wife Victoria on the bag this week, said: "It's a fantastic golf course - one of my favourites. It's one of the first events I pencil in for my season every year.
"I love coming down here. The course is amazing.
"It's such a good golf course, I think every aspect of your game is tested.
"The greens can be slopey - quite quick in places - so your putting is definitely tested, you've got to drive the ball straight and you've got to hit your irons to the correct places to give yourself chances.
"And also it throws up half a dozen really demanding shots over water.
"There's no let-up and it's so hot here as well."



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