Saturday, January 16, 2016

Anthony Wall sharing lead after three rounds 

of Joburg Open

Zander Lombard is taking inspiration from Brandon Stone as he aims to become the second South African to claim a maiden European Tour win in as many weeks.
Stone won The BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni last week at the age of just 22 and Lombard, who does not turn 21 until Monday, is eager to follow in his footsteps.
A third-round 65 means he goes into Sunday's final round of the Joburg Open with a share of the lead and, after finishing one shot outside a play-off at the Australian PGA Championship before Christmas, he is confident he can handle the pressure.
"My game has definitely matured over the last year," he said. "It's my second year on tour and I've learnt a lot.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it. I did it in Australia and just didn't finish it off and I'm definitely going to look to finish it off this time.
"I think it gave me a lot of maturity in my game. You know every shot counts and I missed out by one, so I definitely have to keep it tidy tomorrow and try my best."
Countryman Haydn Porteous will also be going for his first win at Royal Johannesburg  and Kensington Golf Club as he sits level with Lombard and Englishman Anthony Wall at 15 under.
The 21 year old did not feel he was at his best on Saturday but believes he knows what will be the key to victory on Sunday.

"Around the East, if you're missing fairways it can be tough," he said. "You've got to accept that you are going to make bogeys and when I gave myself an opportunity to make birdie I did.
"Hopefully tomorrow I can hit a few more fairways and a few more greens and hopefully a few putts like today will drop.
"I think I've just got to do what I've done for the last three days and play every shot as it comes, to not get ahead of myself and hopefully if I do that I'll do the job and make South Africa proud."
Paul Lawrie lost ground in a low-scoring tournament with a third-round par 72
So far he has scored 69, 69 and 72 for five-under-par 210
That has him in T40 position 
Paul birdied three par-5 holes  the first, eighth and 18th, in halves of 36 but he bogeyed the fifth, 10th and 11th.

par 215 (2x72, 1x71)
200 Anthony Wall (England) 65 67 69, Zander Lombard (South Africa) 71 64 65, Haydn Porteous (South Africa) 66 66 68
202 Ross McGowan (England) 67 62 73

210 Paul Lawrie 69 69 72 (T40)
212 Scott Henry 71 69 72 (T52)
216 Craig Lee 71 69 76 (T72)
(140 and better qualified)
142 Jamie McLeary 73 69
145 David Drysdale 74 71, Peter Whiteford 75 70
148 Bradley Neil 75 73 



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