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Day three digest: Alfred Dunhill Championship

Day three digest: Alfred Dunhill Championship

Everything you need to know from the third day in South Africa.

Branden Grace

Larrazábal’s love affair with the 12th continues, Grace impresses again on home soil and one of the residents of Kruger National Park shows how to keep your cool in the stifling heat.

Pablo can’t miss at 12

When leader Pablo Larrazábal made a 100-foot putt across Leopard Creek’s 12th green on Friday, you would have thought the Spaniard’s fortune in that particular corner of Malelane had been used up. Seemingly not. When the Spaniard missed the green to find a tricky lie from where he could see less than half the pin on Saturday, it looked like he was going to struggle not to give his second-round gain back to the course. But some superb Spanish hands saw Larrazábal chip in for a second unlikely gain of the week.

The locals know how to keep their cool

This week’s soaring temperatures have seen the players given special dispensation to wear shorts for the first time. But one of Kruger National Park’s residents had found a better way to keep the body’s core temperature down…

Graduate makes his mark

Marcus Armitage’s rookie European Tour campaign lasted just a single season in 2017, but the Englishman is back for more in 2020 after coming through Qualifying School and could land a career-best finish on Sunday. An eagle at the last on Saturday sent Armitage into the final round in a tie for fourth, and with a chance to better his fifth-place finish at the Joburg Open two years ago.

Amazing Grace enjoying home comforts

Branden Grace has won an impressive eight European Tour titles, and remarkably four of them have come in South Africa. The 31-year-old captured this event five years ago and has a chance to add another home triumph on Sunday as he starts the final round four shots behind leader Larrazábal.

Sjöholm’s surge

When you’re nine shots back heading into the weekend, it’s a big task to catch the leader. But Sweden’s Joel Sjöholm almost achieved the feat on Saturday, let alone Sunday, as he made sure Moving Day lived up to its name. Sjöholm had eight birdies in his first 13 holes and leapt from 28th to second -just two behind Larrazábal – before stumbling over the closing holes to end the day on four under.