Donald edges towards the ‘Crystal Ball’

2014-12-07 15:00

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Will this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy go to an Englishman?

The answer might be “yes” after a breathtaking performance at the Gary Player Country Club yesterday that saw Luke Donald make a stunning comeback from second position to overtake compatriot Danny Willett by one shot to finish the third round on -12 for 69.

Ross Fisher, also from England, came third on -10 for 70. Willett led the proceedings with -12 for 65 after he fumbled an easy putt in the 17th hole that forced him to make a bogey.

But the former world No?1 made amends and shot back to the top.

From the looks of things, and with the final round getting under way today, Donald is a firm favourite among the English golfers to take home the Cup.

He led the field with ease for the better part of the day after scoring three easy birdies on the front nine, ensuring that this would allow no one a chance to upstage him.

Donald has been on fire since Friday and there is no doubt he’s a firm favourite to win the tournament today.

In the second round, he tore around in 63 strokes to claim a two-stroke lead. He did not put a foot wrong throughout on the tricky course, but his 30-stroke front nine was the talking point of the tournament.

Fisher, who comfortably led the proceedings on the opening

day by two shots, was overtaken by Donald, who fired one birdie short of the course record of 62, which is held by South Africa’s former golden boy Ernie Els in 2002 and Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson in 2008. South Africans again failed to light up the big stage.

Louis Oosthuizen finished tied fifth with -4 for 69 yesterday.

But with golf being the unpredictable game it is, he might find his form today and rally from behind to win.

From the way he fluffed birdie chances since the start of the tournament, Oosthuizen will have to fight hard to get back into the reckoning.

Tim Clark came tied seventh with -3 for 72. He registered one birdie and one bogey yesterday.

For Charl Schwartzel, it was a day of missed chances as he wasted several opportunities to sink easy putts and hit good and accurate fairway shots.

But with the final round being played today, any one of the players might just cause an upset.

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