Scott Jamieson Takes Third Round Lead At Volvo Golf Championships

Louis Oosthuizen

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

After a slow start, and a nice birdie run on the back nine, Mandela Championship winner Scott Jamieson shot a -4 under par 68 on Saturday to take the third round lead at the Volvo Golf Championships in Durban, South Africa.

The 30 year old from East Kilbride, Scotland, who is currently second in Race To Dubai points, got off to a rocky start with bogey at the first hole, but eagle at the par 5 eighth hole turned his round around. He went on a three-hole birdie run at the 11th hole before finishing bogey par.

Jamieson had some help from second-round leader, Louis Oosthuizen, and rain that fell during the mid part of the day. Oosthuizen had a difficult day, putting up four bogeys on the front nine. He appeared to be out of sorts, especially on the greens, and he looked to be having trouble getting started. The 2012 Open Champion put four birdies on his card on the back before finishing bogey birdie to post a two over par 74 for his day. He ended his day at -10 under par for the tournament, five strokes back of the leader.

First round leader, Tongchai Jaidee, also had a rough day along with Oosthuizen where they both spent time looking for their golf balls. Jaidee made only two birdies on the day at the 2nd and 3rd holes before finishing with a 1 over par 73.  He bogeyed the 16th hole, and basically gave two shots back with a bogey at the drive-able par 4 18th hole.

Frenchman Julien Quesne shot a -5 under par 67 on Saturday to pull himself into a tie with Oosthuizen, and Jaidee for second place. Quense had it going on the back nine, and looked to maybe put some pressure on Jamieson, but bogeyed the 16th and 17th hole before finishing with a birdie.

Pagraig Harrington fired a -5 under 67 on the day to give himself a slim chance on Sunday at -8 under par. The three time major champion had a rocky front nine, but put up an eagle three at the 560 yard monster 19th hole, and added birdies at 13, 14, and 17 without a bogey on the back nine. He was joined at -8 under par by Francesco Molinari, who shot 68 on the day.

The best rounds of the day, were by Matteo Manassero, and Northern Irishman Micahael Hoey who both fired -6 under par 66′s. Unfortunately they were both too far back to become a factor. Manassero finished at -6 under, alone in tenth place, and Hoey is tied for 17th place at -4 under par.

Defending champion at the Volvo, Branden Grace is tied for 11th place at -5 under par. He is still trying to dig himself out of a hole he dug in round one where he shot 75.

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