Master blaster Nienaber uses putting skills to lead Joburg Open

Wilco Nienaber (Supplied)

Wilco Nienaber (Supplied)

Johannesburg, Nov 21, 2020 (AFP) -Massive-hitting Wilco Nienaber from South Africa displayed one completely different vitality Saturday with a string of great putts to take a one-shot lead into the Joburg Open remaining spherical.

The 20-year-old, who turned knowledgeable remaining 12 months, gained rave critiques this week after slamming a tee shot 439 yards (401.5 metres), with many pundits labelling him the South African reply to Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau has averaged 325 yards on the PGA circuit whereas Nienaber has the advantage of the ball flying additional all through the 1,753-metre (5,751 ft) altitude of Johannesburg.

“I holed some necessary putts that saved the momentum going,” acknowledged Nienaber after carding a four-under 67 for a complete of 197, one shot forward of Dane Joachim B. Hansen, who fired a third-round 64 on a moist, chilly day.

South Africans Jacques Blaauw (73), Shaun Norris (69) and Brandon Stone (64) and Richard Bland (68) from England share third place, 5 photographs behind the chief at Randpark Golf Membership.

“I cherished it quite a bit obtainable available on the market, regardless that the umbrellas have been frequently going up and down and rain tops happening and coming off,” added Nienaber.

“My caddie (Jason Scheepers) has been actually good. It felt like he had higher than two palms at instances on account of he was carrying masses.

“The final phrase spherical goes to be good. It might likely be the primary time I’m in that state of affairs and I’m merely going to embrace it and luxuriate in myself.”

Joint-leader after the primary spherical and one stroke behind Blaauw on the midway mark, Nienaber began his third spherical poorly with two bogeys inside 5 holes.

Then, his inserting abilities took over and he birdied 5 holes, together with three in a row from 12, to overhaul Hansen, who, like Nienaber, is looking for a predominant European Tour triumph.

Hansen coated the doorway 9 in solely 29 photographs attributable to an eagle, birdie, birdie, par, birdie, birdie blitz from the fourth over the par-71 Firethorn course.

He couldn’t defend the momentum, although, and bogeyed 11 ahead of two additional birdies saved him in rivals to turn into the second Danish winner of the Joburg Open after Anders Hansen 11 years before now.

“It was a type of days the place the umbrella went up and down about 15 instances, nonetheless I saved a cool head obtainable available on the market,” acknowledged Hansen.

“I carried out accurately with some good iron photographs. I’ve carried out accurately on this golf course ahead of and I need it correct proper right here.”


197 – Wilco Nienaber 63-67-67

198 – Joachim Hansen (DEN) 66-68-64

202 – Jacques Blaauw 66-63-73, Richard Bland (ENG) 67-67-68, Shaun Norris 63-70-69, Brandon Stone 70-68-64

203 – Aaron Cockerill (CAN) 64-68-71

204 – Zander Lombard 69-65-70, Steve Surry (ENG) 67-71-66

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