By Mathieu Wood
Last Updated: 13/01/18 3:30pm
Chris Paisley holds a slender one-shot lead heading into the final round
Chris Paisley will take a narrow one-shot lead into the final day’s play of the BMW SA Open as Branden Grace moved into second position with a blemish-free back nine.
Paisley was indebted to an up-and-down par save at the par-four 18th to finish 15 under and maintain his overnight lead, but may rue a level-par back nine which allowed the chasing pack to close the gap on the Englishman at Glendower Golf Club.
Grace, in a share of the lead after the opening round, will partner Paisley in Sunday’s final round after a six-under 66 increased his chances of a fifth European Tour title on home soil.
Branden Grace is chasing another title on home soil
The South African, the Nedbank Golf challenge winner last year, recorded six birdies after the turn following a front nine which saw Grace mix two birdies with one bogey.
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.
Chase Koepka is targeting a maiden European Tour title
The American, targeting a maiden European Tour success, is joined by Jacques Blaauw and Adrien Saddier on the same mark after rounds of six under and one-over par respectively.
Darren Fichardt, another home favourite, made the move of the day in ideal scoring conditions with an eight-under 64 – the best round of the day – to lie four shots off the lead and three ahead of Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, who hit a three-under 69.
Darren Fichardt carded the round of the day on Saturday
The 42-year-old twice enjoyed birdie blitzes to impress the watching galleries but there was not such good fortune for two of his countrymen.
Retief Goosen, a two-time US Open winner, faltered at the last on Friday with a double-bogey six and lost further ground on the field with a one-over 73 to finish at seven under heading into the final round, while Ernie Els carded a two-under 70 to sit 10 shots off the lead at five under.
Ernie Els was left frustrated on the greens at Glendower Golf Club
English duo Andy Sullivan and Matt Wallace carded three-under 69s to move to five under for the championship while former Ryder Cup winner Jamie Donaldson, who carded the first ace of 2018, is a further two shots back after a one-under 71 which saw the Welshman mix five birdies with four bogeys.
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