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Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

The South African posted five birdies on the back nine to sign for 66 and go 14 under for the tournament, as Adrien Saddier - who held a share of the overnight lead with Paisley - faltered.

English duo Andy Sullivan and Matt Wallace carded three-under 69s to move to five under for the championship while former Ryder Cup victor Jamie Donaldson, who carded the first ace of 2018, is a further two shots back after a one-under 71 which saw the Welshman mix five birdies with four bogeys.

"I got frustrated out there", admitted Grace about his slow start. After making seven and eight birdies in his first and second rounds respectively, he managed just three on Saturday and then dropped a shot at the par-four 16th hole - his only blemish on the day and only his third bogey all week.

"It was pretty frustrating and I got a bit irritated because I thought I hit the ball superbly but I just couldn't get the ball in the hole".

"I made eagle on the second hole and kind of kept it going from there".

Paisley carded a two-under-par 70 to move to 15-under after 54 holes but he has the South African ace breathing down his neck after the world number 30 signed a for a six-under-par 66 at Glendower Golf Club.




Blaauw returned a 66, Koepka a 68 and Saddier, who fired a course-record 63 in the second round, struggled on the greens Saturday and needed 37 putts in a round of 73.

Blaauw said his round would boost his confidence for Sunday's push.

Paisley, the clubhouse leader for much of an opening round played in warm, partly cloudy conditions, birdied seven holes and bogeyed one.

South Africa's Darren Fichardt is a shot further back after surging through the field with a brilliant 64 which featured eight birdies in the last 12 holes.

"I've been in this situation a couple of times and I can't say I've dealt with it too well. There are low scores out there, but you just have to avoid the rough".

Ernie Els, a five-time victor of the South African Open, made the cut after a 70 moved him to 3 under.


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