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Kaymer leads with Louis, Charl in tow

Martin Kaymer recovered from an early bogey to fire a third-round score of 70 on Saturday and will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club.

The German found trouble at the par-four third hole, and in the end did well to salvage a bogey as he slipped back to two-under for the tournament. But his display from that point onward was polished, as he made no further bogeys and finished the day on five-under courtesy of three birdies.

The local crowds will be salivating at the prospect of a South African winner though, as Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel head into day four at four and three under respectively. Oosthuizen was particularly impressive on the day, as he amassed five birdies en route to score of 69, and will be paired with Kaymer in the final round.

The 2010 Open champion did suffer bogeys at the fifth and 10th holes, but otherwise cruised around the Sun City course serenely and could have perhaps gone deeper had a few more makeable putts dropped.

His compatriot Schwartzel put in a measured display as he made just one bogey in his round of 70, and the man from Vereeniging will start tomorrow’s round on three-under par. He will be playing with defending champion Lee Westwood, who today looked determined to keep his grip on the trophy for a third successive year. The Englishman was again not quite on his game, but tenaciously ground out a handy score of 70 to reach two-under for the tournament.

Bill Haas will also start the day on two under, and he will have second-round leader Paul Lawrie for company. An unconvincing round of 75 put a dampener on the Scot’s chances of scooping the $1 250 000 first prize, and he will need to turn things around dramatically if he is to overhaul the five golfers in front of him.

The third edition of the Nedbank Champions Challenge came to its conclusion on Saturday, and, although he played his poorest golf of the tournament on the day, Bernhard Langer claimed the title by two strokes from Jay Haas after a final round of 74.

The former Masters champion appeared to be giving his contenders a sniff after bogeying the 17th hole and finding trouble at the 18th with his tee shot. However, he showed the steel of a champion as he recovered to make a par and claim the $250 000 first prize.

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