Paul Casey overcame a couple of lousy rounds on Saturday, and blistered the Durban Country Club for a -7 under par 65 round three at the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa. Casey started the week with a double bogey at the first hole on Thursday, and with a three over 75 on Friday, played himself right out of this tournament.
The 36 year-old Casey, who is from Cheltenham and played his collegiate golf at Arizona State moved into a tie for tenth place with his effort Saturday, and at -4 under par, is now only six shots off the pace.
Tommy Fleetwood, another Brit, shot a mediocre -3 under 69 on Saturday, and got into the clubhouse with a one-stroke lead over charging Frenchman, Victor Dubuisson.
The 22 year-old from Southport had a quiet day, and overcame a bogey at the 14th hole with a birdie at 18 to take the 54 hole lead. Three birdies on the front nine bolstered his one-shot lead.
Dubuisson made up for a couple of bogeys on the front nine, where he made the turn at even par for the day, and made up ground on the backside.
Victor Dubuisson is tied for second place with Joost Luiten at -9 under par. Luiten couldn’t duplicate his magic at the 10th hole where he made the first Albatross of the year, but he did pick up one of his four birdies of the day there. Luiten shot a -2 under par 70 to keep pace.
The 2013 Volvo Defending Champ, Louis Oosthuizen got off to a good start with birdies at 1 and 4, but fell on rough times with bogeys at 6 and 7. He made the turn at -2 under par, but found disaster on the back. A double bogey at the par 4 16th would undo his day. The 2010 Open Champ ended his day with a one under par 71, and is two shots off the pace.
The best shot of the day came from 2011 Masters Champ, Charl Schwartzel. He hit a shot from the cart path behind a tree at the 10th hole that stiffed the pin that gave him a tap-in eagle on the par five hole.
South African, Branden Grace, and Welchman, Jamie Donaldson fired matching -4 under par 68’s on Saturday and find themselves on the first page of the leaderboard.
Grace, who won this event a couple of years ago, finished up at -7 under par, and in sole possession of fifth place, and Donaldson is one-shot back at -6 under par in a tie with first round leader, Raphael Jacquelin at six under par.
The conditions are forecasted to be much windier on Sunday with the possibility of rain. This should make for a wild finish for the first tournament on the European Tour in 2014.
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