SA trio lead in Joburg

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South Africans Charl Schwartzel, Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy share the lead heading into the final day of the Joburg Open.

South Africans Charl Schwartzel, Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy all overcame nervous round threes to share the lead heading into tomorrow’s final day of the Joburg Open.
The trio all had similar efforts today, with defending champion Schwartzel and Mulroy – two men that were part of a three-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage – going around the par-71 east course of the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in two under 69s.
Aiken, who was a shot behind yesterday, managed the best round of the trio, a 68, as the leaders ended on 15 under overall.
Their closest challenge was coming from Scotland’s David Drysdale after his four under 67 put him a shot further back, while English pair Ben Evans (67) and Jamie Elson (71) were tied on 13 under – the latter amongst the top trio after three rounds.
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet from France was tied with them to sit two shots of the leaders, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson recording the round of the day score of 65 to move onto 11 under.
Four other players were with him – Swede Oscar Floren (66), Antti Ahokas (68) of Finland and South African duo Allan Versfeld (70) and Branden Grace (71).

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