Saturday, 10 January 2015
Charl Schwartzel - enjoyed a fine front nine on moving day at The South African Open Championship  (Getty Images)
Charl Schwartzel - enjoyed a fine front nine on moving day at The South African Open Championship (Getty Images)

Moving day at The South African Open Championship Hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni belonged to one man, Charl Schwartzel. Four opening birdies helped him card a fine 66, while there plenty of other low rounds from the field... 

13 – under par leads the way for Schwartzel heading into the final round

– birdies for the leader in his fine third round 66

9 – times Schwartzel has led going into the final round of a European Tour International Schedule event – he’s won on five of those occasions 

1 – shot lead held by the South African going into the final day of last year’s event – he eventually finished in a tie for fourth

– of Schwartzel’s nine European Tour wins have come in his home country, but he’s never won The South African Open Championship

8 – shot swing over the first four holes between Schwartzel and overnight leader Andy Sullivan, who were playing together in the last group out

4 – birdies to start for Charl

– bogeys to start with for England’s Sullivan

67 – for Matt Fitzpatrick on moving day has put the Englishman in a great position to record his first top-ten finish on The European Tour

30 – shots on the back nine for Fitzpatrick moved him into a tie for second

69 – for five-time Champion Ernie Els leaves him ten shots back at three under par

– shot difference between Els’ front nine 31 and his back nine 38

65 – and low round of the week for Lee Slattery, who made seven birdies in his fine bogey-free round

74 – for Sullivan, who moved in the wrong direction on moving day

303 – yards was the average drive for Schwartzel

87 – per cent of the greens were found in regulation by Australian Jason Scrivener, who shot an impressive six under par 66

4 – the long par five proved the toughest on moving day, averaging 4.29

12 – was the easiest hole, the par four averaging 3.52

 
 

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SULLIVAN, AndyENG18-11
2SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-11
3SLATTERY, LeeENG18-10
4MARTIN BENAVIDES, PabloESP18-9
T5TADINI, AlessandroITA18-7
T5AIKEN, ThomasRSA18-7

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