Els leads Goosen; course shortened to 17 holes
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Soggy South African Open
Check out the conditions and players after the rain-delayed first round was completed on Friday at the South African Open.
DURBAN, South Africa — Ernie Els has taken a one-shot lead over Retief Goosen into the fourth round of the rain-delayed South African Open, overcoming a shaky start to shoot a 5-under 67 in the third round.
Els had three bogeys on his first five holes Sunday, but recovered with seven birdies to stay ahead of Goosen at 19-under 197.
Goosen surged into a three-shot lead after shooting 31 on his front nine, but followed with three bogeys and four birdies.
The course was shortened to 17 holes because of a water-logged green on the par-3 fourth, where all players were given a par score.
The fourth round was being played later Sunday after rain washed out play on Thursday.
Charl Schwartzel had a hole-in-one on the 15th en route to a 69 and a share for 10th, six shots back.