Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

  • Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

Chase Koepka, brother to US Open champion Brooks, moved into a three-player group on twelve-under thanks to a four-under 68 which included a long-distance birdie at the last.

South Africa's leading golfer and current Nedbank Golf Challenge champion, Branden Grace, made sure Sunday will be one to savour after firing an impressive six-under-par 66 in the third round Saturday to be just off shot off the pace, set by England's Chris Paisley. He had played 13 through 17 in 7-under during the opening two laps; on Saturday he scratched par at every one of those holes and did so at 11, 12 and 18 too.

Branden Grace achieved a career first of three eagles in one round as he opened with a 65 to share the lead on day one of the BMW South African Open, proudly hosted by the metro, at Glendower Golf Club, on Thursday.

This is his second tournament of the 2018 European tour season.

After another birdie at 13, the Frenchman claimed three in a row from 15 to record the lowest score this week in the first European Tour event of the year. "Having the record is quite cool".

"At the moment it is weird - I feel like I did not play unbelievable golf". "It feels good. I don't want to get ahead of myself, just want to do my thing, but this is great for the confidence".

Compatriot Graeme Storm won the tournament past year after a play-off with superstar Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, but failed by one shot to make the halfway cut Friday.

Paisley said: "I can't wait for the weekend".

After four front-nine birdies, he picked up three more during the inward trek but also bogeyed a couple of holes.

Of the five former Major winners in the field, South Africans Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel did best with 69s.

Grace, seeking back-to-back European Tour triumphs in South Africa, also came a cropper at the final hole, dropping a shot to post a 71.

Five-time European Tour victor Darren Fichardt of South Africa is alone in sixth on 205 after a 64, the lowest score of the day, and bettered only by Saddier this week.