Fisher Jnr takes over at the top

European Tour

Trevor Fisher Jnr is the new leader of the Africa Open in East London after shooting a scintillating 63 in Saturday’s third round.

South Africans have won this event on all five occasions, and Fisher looks on course to make it six in a row after a flawless performance at East London Golf Club.

The 35-year-old cardied seven birdies – including five in his last eight holes – and an eagle to move to 16 under par for the tournament.

That was two shots clear of overnight leader Matt Ford of England, who shot a 69 on the day, and four shots ahead of countryman Jaco van Zyl.

“I played solid, but didn’t expect a 63 in such tough conditions. I’m delighted with my round today. My up and down on the first hole was a great starter and then I made eagle on the third after sinking a long putt,” Fisher Jnr told the Europeantour.com.

On his approach to his final round, he added: “I’ll play my own game and take it shot for shot. I’ll try not to get a head of myself too much, because that is the challenge in itself when you’re leading an event. I’ll put my head down and try tomorrow.”

Ford looked set to build on his lead after three early birdies, but he double-bogeyed the eight to surrender the lead and never got it back.

Four players lie on 10 under in a share of fourth – Morten Orum Madsen, Jorge Campillo, John Parry and Eduardo De La Riva.

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