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SA's Higgo hits the front at Gran Canaria Open

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South African golfer Garrick Higgo
South African golfer Garrick Higgo
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South African golfer Garrick Higgo shot a seven-under 63 during the third round of the Gran Canaria Open to take a two-stroke lead going into the final round.

Starting the day three day off the leaders, Higgo made a fast start, going five under for the round after just four holes.

He finished the front nine in 29 shots but only managed to shoot 34 on the back nine.

"It was good. An unbelievable start, obviously," said Higgo after his round. 

"I wasn't playing that well, I think it's definitely the course where you can hit it off line. I putted well, my chipping has been great, so I definitely scored very well. A couple of times we were in some funny spots and I couldn't believe where I hit them.

"I'm definitely going to try and be aggressive if I can but I'm just going to enjoy it. It's a good spot to be in."

Matthias Schwab, Matthieu Pavon and Connor Syme are tied for second place going into the final round.

South African's Justin Harding and Dean Burmester are currently tied for 5th on 197.

Gran Canaria, Spain, April 24, 2021 (AFP) -Leading third round scores in the European Tour's Gran Canaria Open at Meloneras Golf, Gran Canaria, Spain on Saturday (GBR/IRL unless stated; par 70):

192 - Garrick Higgo (RSA) 65 64 63

194 - Matthias Schwab (AUT) 65 63 66, Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 66 64 64, Connor Syme 71 61 62

195 - Sam Horsfield 69 61 65, Jeff Winther (DEN) 67 66 62

196 - Thorbjoern Olesen (DEN) 65 61 70, Wu Ashun (CHN) 67 68 61, Joachim B. Hansen (DEN) 63 67 66, Guido Migliozzi (ITA) 70 64 62, Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 63 65 68, Jamie Donaldson 65 67 64, Wil Besseling (NED) 64 63 69, Rhys Enoch 65 62 69

197 - Justin Harding (RSA) 65 67 65, Alexander Bjoerk (SWE) 67 66 64, Joost Luiten (NED) 63 68 66, Alejandro Del Rey (ESP) 64 68 65, Nicolai Hoejgaard (DEN) 67 64 66, Dean Burmester (RSA) 65 67 65, Clement Sordet (FRA) 65 68 64

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