Paisley leads South African Open, Grace chasing hard

Grace hunting more SA golf glory

Both Saddier and Paisley are seeking their first wins on the European Tour and hold a four-shot lead over South African Jacques Kruyswijk (67), who is alone in third on nine under-par.

Retief Goosen, a two-time US Open victor, faltered at the last on Friday with a double-bogey six and lost further ground on the field with a one-over 73 to finish at seven under heading into the final round, while Ernie Els carded a two-under 70 to sit 10 shots off the lead at five under. But then he found the form that saw him make three eagles in a stunning first round of 65.

Grace, a South African, had a haywire front nine that included two eagles, two birdies and two bogeys. I was quite aggressive with the three-wood and I managed to knock it about 25 feet and managed to roll in the putt.

"I'm very happy and excited for the weekend", Saddier said after his bogey-free round.

Paisley was indebted to an up-and-down par save at the par-four 18th to finish 15 under and maintain his overnight lead, but may rue a level-par back nine which allowed the chasing pack to close the gap on the Englishman at Glendower Golf Club.


England's Chris Paisley will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the BMW SA Open, but pre-tournament favourite Branden Grace is hot on his heels after a storming finish to round three.

"I can not wait for the weekend", said the Englishman. "It feels good. I don't want to get ahead of myself, just want to do my thing, but this is great for the confidence". "I think I played flawless, except for the second shot on the first hole", he said. "I certainly hope that I can keep that trend going", he said.

Compatriot Graeme Storm won the tournament a year ago after a play-off with superstar Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, but failed by one shot to make the halfway cut Friday.

The tournament is the second oldest Open championship in the world having first been formally played in 1903.

Koepka began with a bogey and added three more.

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