Paisley leads, Grace lurks at SA Open

Paisley leads, Grace lurks at SA Open

Branden Grace has kept South African hopes alive and will head into the final round of the BMW South African Open only one shot behind leader Chris Paisley of England.

Koepka, whose brother Brooks won the US Open a year ago, had set the early clubhouse target after a round containing seven birdies, an eagle and two bogeys, with England's Chris Paisley a shot off the pace following a 66.

Three strokes off the lead after the first round, he completed the front nine with a birdie-eagle-birdie burst after also birdieing the second. "I drove the ball really well and I felt like I actually played better than yesterday - just didn't really hole the putts". "I think the putting stroke was a little bit quick and I pushed and pulled a few".

"I got frustrated out there to be quite honest", Grace admitted. After making seven and eight birdies in his first and second rounds respectively, he managed just three on Saturday and then dropped a shot at the par-four 16th hole - his only blemish on the day and only his third bogey all week.

"I can get on a little streak like that.when you make one you kind of feel that surge of adrenaline and you run with it". For his third shot, he had a gap toward the front of the green (the pin was back left), but out of a fluffly lie, the ball came out high and hit more trees, bouncing left and settle near another tree.

"I know Stormy and Andy pretty well".

Paisley was solid if unspectacular as he shot a 70 to move to 15-under-par, but he is just one shot ahead of a late-charging Grace heading into the final round, and three ahead of Blaauw and two other golfers on 12-under, American Chase Koepka and Frenchman Adrien Saddier. "I really had no expectations whether I was going to play good or bad after having some time off". I told myself to stay positive.

Kirk played bogey-free on a gorgeous day along the shores just up the road from Waikiki Beach and had a one-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley and Talor Gooch among the early starters at Waialae Country Club.

"Through 13 holes, I think I was five or six behind".

"I'm looking forward to it big time. His approach to the final hole was excellent from thick rough, giving him an 8'0" look at birdie, but it lipped out. If you're in the fairway the course is's second to none.

Five shots back and also still very much in the hunt if they can get something going on Sunday are Denmark's Jeff Winther, and the South African duo of Trevor Fisher Jnr and Jacques Kruyswijk.



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