Wang surges into lead with sizzling 64

Sun 13 Nov 2016

Wang surges into lead with sizzling 64


Sun City, South Africa, November 13: Korean hotshot Jeunghun Wang produced a flawless eight-under-par 64 in tough conditions to grab a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Korean, who claimed back-to-back victories in May, fired an eagle and six birdies on day three to move to 11-under-par 205, three strokes ahead of home favourite Louis Oosthuizen at the Gary Player Country Club.

Wang began the day five shots adrift of halfway leader Alex Noren after following up Thursday's 68 with a 73 on Friday. But Wang, who represented his country in the Olympic Games earlier in August, closed the gap courtesy of birdies at the first and second holes.

Wang then chipped in from just off the green for a birdie at the fourth before picking up another shot at the sixth to get to seven under.

And when Noren carded a double bogey at the third, Wang found himself tied at the top with Oosthuizen.

After coming within a few feet of getting an albatross at the long tenth, he tapped in for an eagle to move to nine under before holing his very quick birdie putt at the 11th to extend his lead to three strokes.

Wang then made a series of important par saves on the back nine before effortlessly knocking in his 18-foot birdie putt at the last to get to 11 under.

Wang, ranked fourth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, was thrilled with his score on day three. He said: "I'm so happy that I shot 64 and I'm more happy that I didn't have any bogeys today.

"I shot eight under on this course in this wind, I still cannot believe it.

"I don't want to think about any win. I just want to focus on the last 18 holes. I'll just try to do the same as today."

Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Scott Hend of Australia signed for a 73 to trail by 10 shots in tied-13th place while Thai star Thongchai Jaidee took a share of 20th position on 217 following a 70.