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19th March 2023

Baldwin takes the lead in SDC Championship

England’s Matthew Baldwin will take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the SDC Championship at St Francis Links on Sunday.

Baldwin had to finish off his third round on Sunday morning and did so with a solid 65 which lifted him to 14 under par overall.

His nearest challenger is Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen on 10 under par after he posted a third round of 73.

Reigning Investec South African Open champion Thriston Lawrence is the leading South African on eight under par following a third round of 68.

It’s been a tough three days mentally for the field as they’ve had to adjust to the change in wind and incomplete rounds, and Baldwin said he was pleased with how he’s managed to handle it so far.

“I’m absolutely delighted. I’ve played nice and steady and holed putts at the right time. It was a long third round. I’ll just try and keep doing the same over the final 18 holes – play my best golf and see what happens. The quick turnaround is probably better because you’re still fresh and warm. There is a bit of a breeze so hopefully it will pick up and be a bit of a challenge this afternoon.”