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Martin holds his lead at South Africa golf

International team member Ernie Els celebrates after making a putt at The Presidents Cup on Oct. 10, 2009. UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch
International team member Ernie Els celebrates after making a putt at The Presidents Cup on Oct. 10, 2009. UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

MALELANE, South Africa, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Spain's Pablo Martin managed a 1-under-par 71 Saturday and saw his lead trimmed to two strokes at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Martin's 54-hole total at the Leopard Creek Country Club golf course in Malelane, South Africa, is 14-under 202, followed by 12-under 204 for South Africa natives Ernie Els (69) and Carl Schwartzel (68).

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Martin started the round with a four-stroke advantage, and overcame a double-bogey at the 14th. He closed his up-and-down round with a par at the 18th hole.

"It was tense for me at the beginning," said Martin, who at age 23 in 2007 became the first amateur to win a tour event when he captured the Open de Portugal. "It was the first time I have played with Ernie, and there was the issue of the crowds too."

"(The crowd) was a little wild," Els, the 1991 winner, conceded afterward.

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