Kruyswijk surges into the lead at SA Open

Englishman Chris Paisley 31 won his first European Tour title with victory at the SA Open

Englishman Chris Paisley 31 won his first European Tour title with victory at the SA Open

Branden Grace scored three eagles in a seven-under-par 65 for a share of the lead after the South African Open's first round.

Koepka, whose brother Brooks won the US Open a year ago, had set the early clubhouse target after a round containing seven birdies, an eagle and two bogeys, with England's Chris Paisley a shot off the pace following a 66. "I'm excited for the weekend but there's still 36 holes to play and we try to stay focused on the last two rounds". My putting stroke was maybe a bit quick and I was pushing or pulling the ball.

He also made two bogeys on an eventful front nine, but three birdies to go with his three eagles saw him match the morning round of Chase Koepka of the United States, brother of the US Open champion Brooks. For his third shot, he had a gap toward the front of the green (the pin was back left), but out of a fluffy lie, the ball came out high and hit more trees, bouncing left and settle near another tree. I was also four or five behind going into the last day at Nedbank so i thought if I could get the margin pretty small I could still have a chance.

Grace won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in November, and surged into contention at the South African Open with a third-round 66, with seven birdies and just one bogey to go to 14 under. "I started very well, it was quite slow but after I made three birdies in a row on 15, 16 and 17, it was quite good".

Paisley, who shared a four-shot overnight lead with Adrien Saddier of France, carded a two-under 70 over the 6,942-metre/7.594-yard layout 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) east of Johannesburg.

Paisley finished 21 under par after a flawless final round of 66 in Johannesburg on Sunday
Paisley finished 21 under par after a flawless final round of 66 in Johannesburg on Sunday

Blaauw said his round would boost his confidence for Sunday's push. I told myself to stay positive.

"Being tied for the lead isn't a position I've been in a lot", the 31-year-old from Hexham said after a round containing three birdies and a solitary bogey on the 16th. It was just the second hole of the day, and I had something like 244 to the flag into the wind.

"I've been in this situation a couple of times and I can't say I've dealt with it too well".

South Africa's Darren Fichardt is a shot further back after surging through the field with a brilliant 64 which featured eight birdies in the last 12 holes. "There are low scores out there, but you just have to avoid the rough".

Blaauw returned a 66, Koepka a 68 and Saddier, who fired a course-record 63 in the second round, struggled on the greens Saturday and needed 37 putts in a round of 73.

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