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History beckons for Christiaan Bezuidenhout as he leads SA Open

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South African golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout
South African golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout
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Christiaan Bezuidenhout is on the verge of engraving his name on the South African Open trophy as he holds a five-shot lead going into the final round.

Bezuidenhout fired a five-under par 67 on Saturday at the Gary Player Country Club to sit at 15-under 201.

"I'm really happy to be in this position. I've played three solid rounds of golf and have stuck to my gameplan by not taking the golf course on and just keeping it in play," said the 26-year-old.

"This is my fourth week in a row, but  I've been sleeping well and my body is holding up quite well. I'm just trying to manage myself. I just need to hold up for another 24 hours. But it's amazing to be in this position."

Bezuidenhout remains on track for back-to-back wins after his triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek last weekend.

Former world No 1 Justin Rose was the last golfer to win European Tour tournaments in consecutive weeks back in 2017.

Bezuidenhout holds a five shot-lead over fellow countryman Dylan Frittelli and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.

Frittelli, who carded a two-under 70 to reach 10-under, is looking to land his third European Tour title.

South African players have fared well so far in the tournament and there are a number near the top end of the leaderboard at the end of the third round.

Six shots behind Bezuidenhout are Dean Burmester and JC Ritchie in a tie for fourth on 9-under, while Hennie du Plessis is joint for sixth on 8-under.

Scores

201 - Christiaan Bezuidenhout 67-67-67

206 - Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 71-63-72, Dylan Frittelli 68-68-70

207 - Dean Burmester 67-69-71, JC Ritchie 70-71-66

208 - Hennie du Plessis 70-70-68, Scott Vincent (ZIM) 72-69-67

209 - Ruan Korb 67-72-70, Joost Luiten (NED) 72-67-70

210 - Jacques Kruyswijk 67-72-71, Marcel Siem (GER) 74-68-68

Selected

211 - Wilco Nienaber 69-74-68

- Compiled by Lynn Butler

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