Goosen builds Nedbank lead in South Africa

Retief Goosen on the 17th green at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Retief Goosen on the 17th green at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

SUN CITY, South Africa – Retief Goosen extended his lead at the Nedbank Challenge on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round to sit two shots clear of Robert Allenby and Angel Cabrera.

Goosen missed a couple of easy birdie putts but sank a 25-footer from the fringe for an eagle on the ninth. He added three birdies and was at 12-under 204.

Allenby and Cabrera both shot 68.

Rory McIlroy, who struggled during the first two days, withdrew before the third round with a stomach ailment.

Nick Watney of the U.S. had the best round of the tournament so far, equaling the course record with a 9-under 63. Watney had a flawless round with nine birdies, but was still five shots behind Goosen in a tie for sixth with Tim Clark.

Ross Fisher of England shot a 66 to climb into a tie for fourth with defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who settled for a 70 after missing several easy putts.

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