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Day three digest: 2022 Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa

Day three digest: 2022 Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa

Everything you need to know from day three at Muthaiga Golf Club.

Ewen Ferguson

Ewen strode clear, Marcus was on the comeback trail, Njoroge was delighting the locals and there was some stunning iron play in round three of the 2022 Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa.

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Ferguson forges ahead

Ewen Ferguson will take a four-shot lead into the final round as he looks for a first win on the DP World Tour. The Scot entered day three at Muthaiga Golf Club a shot off the lead but ended it with a commanding advantage as a 66 moved him to 14 under. Swede Marcus Kinhult and China's Wu Ashun were his nearest challengers, with Spanish duo Jorge Campillo and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, England's David Horsey and German Matti Schmid five shots off the lead. “It would be unbelievable to win, obviously, but I think with everything going on in the world right now, golf just means so little and I think that’s in the back of everyone’s minds," said Ferguson. "I think that’s pretty key as well, there’s so much other stuff going on so I’ll try my best tomorrow and try to grind out the win but if it doesn’t happen I’ll be back again for another chance.”

Kinhult makes big move

Kinhult was in a "good place" as he looked to end a tumultuous 11 months with a victory. Last April, the Swede was taken to hospital after having a seizure while in Spain and was diagnosed with epilepsy, causing him to miss three months of the season. He had a best finish of 24th in 2021 but won last week on the Nordic Golf League and has brought that form with him to Muthaiga Golf Club with rounds of 71-68-64. "It was definitely a step in the right direction," he said of his victory at the GolfStar Winter Series II. "I haven't been playing well for a long time it feels like. It was very nice last week to step down a few levels and spend some time with my good friends and on top of that play some good golf. I'm in a good place I think."

Kibugu loving the spotlight

Njoroge Kibugu stole the show on day two with a bogey-free 66 and took huge crowds with him as he went out in the third-last group on Saturday. The 18-year-old amateur - a member at Muthaiga - carded a 73 in round three but was cheered all the way round and enjoyed the experience. "I tried to do the best I can," he said. "Just seeing the people there supporting was the best thing about it. Experiences have matured me, big tournaments, and also my coaches have helped me develop this attitude. It’s amazing this week, it’s different, when I look on TV and se my name, I don’t believe it’s me but it’s a good feeling."

Big bird for Ferguson

It's fair to say the par fives this week are gettable - especially when you play shots like this. Wow.

No putter required

Angel Hidalgo made a simply stunning chip-in at the second.

And countryman Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez was doing it from the sand.

Getting shirty

Francesco Laporta was feeling tropical and we were absolutely loving it.

Francesco Laporta

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