Otto Retains S. Africa Golf Lead
Jan. 27, 2001
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) _ Hennie Otto withstood strong wind Saturday and shot a 1-under-par 71 to hold the lead for the third straight day in the South Africa Open.
The South African was at 10-under 206, two strokes ahead of compatriot Roger Wessels, who had a 72.
Otto had four bogeys but still gained ground after entering the round with a one-stroke advantage.
Two weeks ago at the South African Masters, Otto snapped his set of clubs and tossed them into a lake.
``I'm not going to change the way I'm playing now. It's they who are chasing me,'' he said. ``I'm not worried. I'll take it shot by shot tomorrow and see what happens.''
Justin Rose of England (68) and Mark McNulty of Zimbabwe (69) shared third at 209.
McNulty, who won the South African Masters, had a great start with birdies from the fourth through sixth holes but followed with two bogeys.
At 210 were Greg Owen of England, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, Simon Dyson of England and Justin Hobday of South Africa.
The tournament is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.