Wilco Nienaber from South African, overcame a delay to sink three successive birdies on the back nine; and card a 67 to take a slender one shot lead after the third round of the European Tour’s Joburg Open t the Randpark Golf Club on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Nienaber, who turned professional last year and has yet to finish in the top three in a European Tour event; is on 16 under-par after a round that included six birdies and two bogeys; the latter both coming in his first five holes.
Dane Joachim Hansen, also seeking a maiden win on the tour; is a shot back and was in blistering form with his putter on the front nine; carding four birdies and an eagle.
But a dropped shot on the par-four 11th was a blemish on what was otherwise an impressive round of 64.
A further four shots back on 11 under-par are a quartet of players tied for third position; including 2016 South African Open winner Brandon Stone (64); England’s Richard Bland (68); and overnight leader Jacques Blaauw, who stumbled to a round of 73.