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. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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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