False
Saturday, 09 December 2017
I was rolling it well - Blomstrand

Shubhankar Sharma fired a 65 to move to 20 under and hold a five-shot lead heading into Sunday at the Joburg Open.

Here, we take a look at what some of his nearest challengers had to say following their third rounds.

Christofer Blomstrand (62, -15)

"It's a really nice birthday present! I was really happy with my putter. I was hitting quite good shots in the beginning of my round and then I holed them as well. It was a good start and I just tried to keep going from there. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's really going to be fun. This is what I play for. My Sunshine Tour win was absolutely important in getting me here. After I won there, I tried to figure out what my schedule was going to be and then I understood that I was going to get into these events on the European Tour. So I played a few events down here, and then I played on the Challenge Tour, and then I got my European Tour card at Qualifying School. Of course it means a lot that there are Open Championship spots available here but we have to treat this like a normal event. We need to play well for all four rounds and then we can see what else is happening."

James Morrison (67, -14)

"Experience told me what I needed to do and to shoot, but you can't factor in the guy who shoots 62, or the guy who's seven under and pulling away. I stuck to my game-plan and we had four under par as my goal and I went one better than that. Can't wait for tomorrow, I've been here so many times before so I've got to draw on all my experience - losses and wins. The thought of getting into the Open enters my thinking massively. I've played three now and I've had two top-21 finishes there. I've played well at the Open when I've got in. I got knocked out of the Open last year here when Stuart Manley birdied the last so I've come for a little revenge. It's a nice goal to have away from actually trying to win the event itself. It's the best event in the world and until you've been there and played one - and I've been lucky enough to play three, and one at St Andrews too - you don't know what you're in for."

Get Adobe Flash player

Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SHARMA, ShubhankarIND18-23
2VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-20
T3NORRIS, ShaunRSA18-17
T3PULKKANEN, TapioFIN18-17
5ARMITAGE, MarcusENG18-15
T6HANSEN, Joachim B.DEN18-13

European Tour Partners

  • Rolex
  • BMW
  • Dubai Duty Free
  • Emirates
  • Hilton
  • Titleist

Media Centre

Official Partner

Official Suppliers

This website is © The PGA European Tour 1997 - 2018. PGA European Tour, Wentworth Drive, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4LX. Registered in England No. 1867610.
All rights reserved. No reproduction, distribution or transmission of any information, part or parts of this website by any means whatsoever is permitted without the prior written permission of the PGA European Tour.