MOOKGOPHONG, Limpopo – Denmark’s Oliver Hundebøll is hunting his second victory on South African fairways and will take a four-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the Limpopo Championship at the Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate.
Hundebøll signed for a third round of 68 to take the lead on 18 under par, with South Africa’s Hennie du Plessis his nearest challenger on 14 under following a 67 on Saturday.
The Danish golfer won last month’s Mangaung Open in Bloemfontein for his first Challenge Tour victory. After a modest start in which he was one over for his round through eight holes, Hundebøll found the inspiration he was looking for with a birdie on the ninth hole. He then birdied four of his first five holes on the back nine.
“I made a good birdie on the ninth and tried to play some good golf on the back nine. I rolled a really good putt in on the 11th for birdie and then I just kept hitting my approaches close and rolled some putts in,” he said.
“I’m really pleased with this round, especially after my 63 the day before. I just wanted to play my game today and see what happens.”
Hundebøll says he’s taken a lot of confidence from his victory in Bloemfontein.
“After that win it feels much easier to be at the top of the leaderboard and just play my game and not be nervous. I’m looking forward to the challenge of the final round. I’ll just keep focusing on my own game and see what happens.”
Du Plessis finds himself in contention once again in a wonderful run of form for him. In the last two months he’s found himself challenging for DP World Tour and Challenge Tour titles.
Luke Jerling, who also challenged for the Mangaung Open title before losing out to Hundebøll, is in the running again on 13 under par alongside fellow South African Pieter Moolman and Poland’s Mateusz Gradecki. – Michael Vlismas
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