Zimbabwe’s Marc Cayeux strengthened his chances of securing a second Stanbic Zambia Open title with a third round 65 in Lusaka. It leaves him on 200, 19 under par, and three strokes ahead of Germany’s Kariem Baraka, who also posted an eight under par 65.
Cayeux went to the top of the leaderboard when he completed his rain-delayed second round this morning with a 66.
It left him a shot clear and he extended that with a brilliant third round containing an eagle and seven birdies.
“A three-shot cushion is always good, but you can’t lose sight of the fact that a four day tournament means a four day job,” he said. “Yesterday was frustrating with the rain delay so after I finished this morning I sat in the clubhouse and watched rugby on TV.
“The game got my mind off the golf and I was able to start the third round fresh and focussed. With the course drying out after the rain, it played shorter today. The fairways dried enough for the ball not to bounce all over like on the first day.
“Play was slow over the front nine and I battled to find a rhythm. By the time I turned and picked up the birdie at the 11th I knew I had to be patient.
“Tomorrow will be much the same. I’m off late so I’ll watch rugby again then just get out there and do the best job I can.”
Cayeux, who won the Zambia title in 1998 and has been in the winner’s circle each year on the Sunshine Tour, was out in 34 with a lone birdie then saw his round catch fire on the back nine. A three-foot birdie at the 11th was followed by the eagle at the 13th for the second successive round.
This time he hit driver and seven iron to 30 feet and holed. Further birdies came at the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th and he had another chance of an eagle at the last. But he raced his 25 foot putt past and missed the return for a par and a half of 31.
Baraka had nine birdies in his 65, coming home in 31, the same as Cayeux. “I was disappointed to miss the cut in Kenya last week but I enjoyed today,” he said. “The rain made the fairways a bit softer and the ball rolled a bit more. The greens are still very bumpy but rolled better today.
“I am hoping to win tomorrow but a solid finish will help in getting into the top 15 on the Order of Merit. Ultimately I want to get on to The European Tour.”
Two South Africans, Titch Moore (68) and Richard Sterne (69) lie joint third on 205 with the leading English player, Ben Mason, who also shot 69.
Andre Cruse (68), the first round hero after his hole-in-one, and fellow Springbok, Mark Murless (69), the first round leader, lie equal sixth on 206 alongside two more Englishmen, Gary Birch Jnr and Simon Wakefield, who both signed for 69.