British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen bogeyed his last hole Saturday to fall into a tie for the lead of Africa Open with Markus Brier of Austria heading into the final round.
Oosthuizen recorded four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his 4-under 69 while Brier, who bogeyed the 16th, shot 70 as they finished the third round at 13-under 206, a stroke ahead of defending champion Charl Schwartzel (68), Manuel Quiros (68) and South Africans Jaco van Zyl (70) and Jbe' Kruger (67) on a packed leaderboard at the event co-sanctioned by the European Tour and southern Africa’s Sunshine Tour.
2011 AFRICA OPEN
The Africa Open is the first big event to tee off in 2011.
Twelve players were within three strokes of the leaders at 6,674-yard, par-73 East London Golf Club.
Promising young Englishman Chris Wood also carded a 6-under 67 in the third round, an effort that saw him climb to 11 under, alongside Branden Grace (72) and fellow countrymen Ross McGowan (71) and Miles Tunnicliff (72).
Wood, who shot to fame in 2008 when he was the top amateur at the British Open at Royal Birkdale where he finished fifth, had a wretched start to his round with a bogey on the par-5 first. However, the 23-year-old was back level on his next hole before four further birdies and an eagle helped him come back in some style.
The round of the day belonged to Robert Dinwiddie after he went around the course bogey-free in his 66. That put him on 10 under overall.