Marc makes his charge at Sun Cityon December 5, 2015
Australian Marc Leishman got the most out of what was a generally frustrating day for many of the leading golfers in the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Saturday.
Overnight leader Henrik Stenson described his round of 70 for a total of 10 under as a grind. South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl, one behind at the start of the third round, said he was fighting his swing all the way through a 72 that put him at 10 under par and four strokes off the lead going into the final day.
But Leishman was more than satisfied with his 66 for the lead on 14 under par.
“It was a good day. I finally got the speed of the greens right and that made the difference,” said the affable Australian, who eagled the par-five 10th as the highlight of his round. He made bogey at the very next hole, but still wasn’t too troubled by that.
“I made a few birdies coming in. I saw Henrik was getting away from us a bit and I had to try and make it interesting. Hopefully I’ll have another good one tomorrow.”
Leishman would dearly love to end a tough year with a win at Sun City. He missed the Masters when he wife was admitted to hospital with acute respiratory distress syndrome in April. Then he lost a playoff for the Open.
“I really want to win. Anything can still happen, but I’ve been in this position before and I’m looking forward to having a chance tomorrow.”
Stenson remains a big threat going into the final round, although he found Saturday’s conditions as tricky as he’s ever experienced in this tournament.
“It’s as tricky as I’ve ever seen it with the wind. The wind is swirling around here so much it makes Amen Corner at Augusta seem like nothing. You get three different wind directions within 30 seconds.”
And at four strokes back, Van Zyl believes he’s still in with a chance on Sunday.
“Today was just one of those days where I was in the wrong spots all day. I was fighting my swing all day and not quite on song. But I don’t feel like I’m out of it at all.”
Photo credit: Luke Walker.