Three-way tie for lead at Joburg Open

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Defending champion Charl Schwartzel and two other golfers are tied for the lead heading into the final round of the European Tour's Joburg Open in Johannesburg.

Schwartzel and Garth Mulroy each shot 2-under-par 69 Saturday while Thomas Aiken had a 3-under 68 to create a three-way tie at 15-under after 54 holes.


David Drysdale, who shot 67 Saturday, is alone in fourth at 14-under. James Elson (71 Saturday), Ben Evans (67) and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (67) are tied for fifth, two strokes behind the leaders.

Schwartzel was 1-over after six holes in the third round before posting consecutive birdies on Nos. 7-9. He had another bogey at No. 15 -- only his third of the week -- before a birdie at the 18th hole moved him back into a tie for the lead.

Mulroy had five birdies and three bogeys in his round. He kept his share of the lead with a birdie at 18.

Aiken was alone in first after four birdies in his first 10 holes in the third round. He had a bogey at No. 16 that allowed Mulroy and Schwartzel to catch him with the finishing-hole birdies.


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