‘Odd’ Polish golfer Meronk retains lead at Leopard Creek as SA’s Schaper lurks

Adrian Meronk during day 3 of the 2020 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on November 28, 2020 in Malelane, South Africa. EDITORS NOTE: For free editorial use. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

Adrian Meronk throughout day three of the 2020 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Nation Membership on November 28, 2020 in Malelane, South Africa. EDITORS NOTE: Without cost editorial use. Not obtainable on the market. No business utilization. (Photograph by Carl Fourie/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Pictures)

Adrian Meronk, as soon as thought of “odd” by Polish pals as a result of he performed golf, clung to a one-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

The 27-year-old, born in Germany however reared in Poland, carded a one-under-par 71 at Leopard Creek Nation Membership for a 202 whole within the European Tour/Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned match.

South African teenager Jayden Schaper fired a 67 for the equal finest spherical of the day and second place, with partly cloudy situations easing the discomfort of taking part in in 29 diploma celsius (84 fahrenheit) warmth.

An extra two pictures again on 205 is one other South African, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, one in all solely two opponents among the many first 9 on the leaderboard who’ve can boast of a European Tour victory.

The opposite is Dane Joachim B. Hansen, winner of the Joburg Open final Sunday, who was two pictures forward of the sphere without delay stage earlier than a quadruple bogey eight at 11 severely dented hopes of back-to-back titles.

Hansen completed with a 73 to path Meronk by 5 pictures going into the ultimate spherical over a course that borders the world famend Kruger Nationwide Park recreation reserve.

“My childhood pals thought I used to be a bit odd as a result of all of us performed many sports activities, however I used to be the one one who performed golf,” recalled Meronk.

“I’m nonetheless thought of a little bit of an oddity at house and that is one thing I’m making an attempt to vary,” added the primary Polish golfer to prime the leaderboard throughout a European Tour occasion.

Meronk shared the primary spherical lead with Robin Roussel from France and moved three pictures clear on the midway stage.

The frontrunner began the third spherical poorly with bogeys on two and three earlier than regaining his composure to birdie 10, 11 and 13.

Main scores after third spherical of the European Tour/Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned Alfred Dunhill Championship at par 72 Leopard Creek Nation Membership in South Africa Saturday (RSA until famous):

202 – Adrian Meronk (POL) 65-66-71

203 – Jayden Schaper 69-67-67

205 – Christiaan Bezuidenhout 69-68-68

206 – Adri Arnaus (ESP) 70-67-69, Sean Crocker (USA) 70-68-68

207 – Joachim B. Hansen (DEN) 70-64-73, Calum Hill (SCO) 71-69-67

208 – Richard Bland (ENG) 67-67-74, Julian Suri (USA) 71-69-68

209 – Marcus Armitage (ENG) 71-71-67, Pedro Figueiredo (POR) 72-68-69, Scott Jamieson (SCO) 66-71-72, Robin Roussel (FRA) 65-71-73, Matthias Schwab (AUT) 70-71-68, Daniel van Tonder 69-70-70


211 – Wilco Nienaber 71-68-72

217 – Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 74-69-74

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