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South Africans on top of home open

Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jr of South Africa take solid lead of the Joburg Open going into final round.
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2013 16:34
Joint leaders Richard Sterne (L) and Trevor Fisher Jnr shake hands after completing third round [GALLO/GETTY]

Trevor Fisher Jnr and Richard Sterne kept the joint lead in the Joburg Open on Saturday after they both carded 68s in the third round.

The South African pair go into Sunday's final round locked on 19-under-par for the tournament, five shots clear at the top of the leaderboard.

Sterne is a five-times European Tour winner, but has not claimed a trophy since 2008, while Fisher is seeking his first win on the tour.

"A bit of nerves set in there," Fisher said.

"You try not to think about the lead, but it's there in front of you. I was a bit jumpy with the swing and wasn't waiting at thetop, so I hit a few bad shots there.

"You try not to think about the lead, but it's there in front of you. I was a bit jumpy with the swing and wasn't waiting at the top, so I hit a few bad shots there"

Trevor Fisher Jnr

"But I came back nicely with a few birdies. It's just a feeling, and you've got to try and feel comfortable out there as much as possible.''

Fisher surged ahead on Saturday having gone out in 33 in his first nine holes, but three bogies coming home allowed his rival to stay in touch.

It could have been different after a fine approach to the 18th green left Fisher a 10-foot putt for eagle, while Sterne landed in the greenside bunker.

But an excellent save out of the sand gave Sterne a birdie and, when Fisher let the eagle chance slip, the opportunity to take the overnight lead was gone.

A quartet of players are five shots back, including twice winner Charl Schwartzel.

The 2011 Masters champion shot a bogey-free 68 to stay in the hunt, along with Chilean Felipe Aguilar (70), and home players Jaco van Zyl (67) and George Coetzee (70).

South African Garth Mulroy produced the round of the day, with a 65 which took him to 12-under for the tournament. The 2011 Joburg Open runner-up sunk eight birdies to go into Sunday tied for eighth place.

With thunderstorms predicted for Sunday afternoon, the tee-off times for the fourth round have been brought forward, with the leaders playing in a three-ball.

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