Four Share Lead at South African Open
Jan. 22, 2005
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) _ South Africa's Tim Clark shot a four-under 68 for a four-way share of the lead after the third round of the South African Open on Saturday.
Clark shared the lead at 9-under 207 with countrymen Tjaart van der Walt, Hendrik Buhrmann and Titch Moore.
Clark, who won the tournament when it was last played on the Durban course in 2002, had a bogey-free round with four birdies.
``I came out and played very aggressively and tried to make a lot of birdies,'' Clark said. ``If I can shoot a round like that tomorrow, that is pretty much going to put the tournament away.''
He gained added confidence from the fact that he shot the best round of the four players. Buhrmann and Van der Walt carded 70s, while Moore _ who led through the first two rounds _ held on for an even-par 72.
``I guess the only negative was not getting birdies on any of the par 5s, because they won't play any easier than they did today,'' Clark said.
Moore, after an opening-round 65, spent the day trying to pick up the pieces from some wayward driving.
``I'm struggling to get it into the fairways. Just keep missing,'' he said.
With bogeys on Nos. 3, 12 and 14, he could easily have let his chances slip.
``The whole day was a constant battle to stay in contention. Anyway, it's anyone's tournament tomorrow,'' he said.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, playing in his first tournament since taking a break to be with his ill wife, got his game back on track after having to eagle the 18th in the second round to make the cut.
He shot a 5-under 67, despite picking up bogeys on the sixth and the 17th.
``If I had holed a few more putts, especially on the outward half, it might have even been better than 67,'' he said.