JOHANNESBURG – SA’s charge didn’t materialise at The Masters, with Charl Schwartzel the best-placed South African at 12 photographs behind on one-over in tie for twenty ninth after three rounds at Augusta on Saturday.
The 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel carded a degree par 72 on day three, as Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama held the lead on 11-under.
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SA-born Justin Rose of England was in a share of second 4 photographs behind on seven-under alongside American Xander Schauffele and Australian Marc Leishman.
The 36-year-old Schwartzel started his spherical in good vogue with a birdie at the par 4 first, however bogeys on the par fours fifth and seventh halted his progress. A birdie at the par 5 eighth helped Schwartzel make the flip in degree par.
Coming dwelling, Schwartzel made six pars earlier than a high quality birdie two a the sixteenth, however once more he would give that shot again with a bogey at the par 4 seventeenth. Though his possibilities of profitable the match seem like gone this year, a low spherical on Sunday might assist Schwartzel radically enhance his world rating of 211th.
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Louis Oosthuizen was the subsequent finest SA participant on two-over general, following a 3rd spherical 72. Like Schwartzel, Oosthuizen went out in even par – with one bogey, one birdie and 7 pars.
Making the flip, Oosthuizen picked up a birdie at the par 4 tenth however gave that shot again with a bogey 5 at the subsequent. Another seven pars adopted for Oosthuizen, as he too was unable to make a run up the leaderboard as he settled for a share of thirty eighth.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, in the meantime, signed for a two-over 74 in spherical three to drop again to four-over in a tie for forty seventh.
Bezuidenhout managed only one birdie on his opening 9, offset by three bogies coming at the fourth, fifth and seventh holes to exit in two over. A bogey at 10 and birdie 4 at 13 would see Bezuidenhout shoot degree par for the second 9.
African News Agency (ANA)