Scott, Clark pounce at Sun City

2005-12-03 17:46
Sun City - Australia's Adam Scott and Tim Clark of South Africa used the windy conditions on Saturday to join Argentina's Angel Cabrera in the lead after the third round of the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club.

Clark shot the lowest round of the day with a five-under 67, while Scott shot a 68 for the pair to join Cabrera on seven-under 209.

Cabrera, who was nine-under after the second round, appeared to be coasting at 10-under on the 17th, but he chipped over the green into the water and had to take a double-bogey as he slipped back into the grasp of the chasing pack.

Both Scott and Clark said the wind had made their elevation to the top of the leaderboard possible.

"It's a tough wind on this course - it seems to swirl," said Scott. "But I would be happy if it was blowing like this again tomorrow. I grew up playing in the wind, and I think I have a good chance in it."

Clark said it felt as if the wind was blowing from virtually everywhere on the front nine. "To get through the first eight holes in three-under as I did was really good, but I must admit I am happy in the wind," he said.

Both players felt that Cabrera's big hitting could be a liability in the conditions, and it proved so for the Argentine.

Glimpse of vulnerability

He bogeyed the first for a poor start to the day, but it was a double-bogey six on the eighth which gave the rest of the field a glimpse of his vulnerability.

That came courtesy of a pair of poor chips out of the thick rough at the back of the green.

He attributed his difficulties to the wind, but didn't believe it was an excuse.

"The wind is going to play a role tomorrow, but it is going to be the same for everyone," he said.

"The eighth and the 17th were very expensive for me - I dropped five shots in two holes. But I am still there and I will be in contention tomorrow."

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who was second overnight but was starting to falter, saw his chances evaporate with consecutive double-bogeys at Nos 3 and 4, with another bogey at 13.

His solitary birdie at nine was not enough to stop him from sliding to a 76 and four off the pace.

Defending champion Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk of the United States are a shot off the pace going into the final round.

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