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Schwartzel holds advantage at South African Open

ESPN staff
November 23, 2013
Charl Schwartzel is looking to win the event for the first time © Getty Images

Charl Schwartzel will head into the final round of the South African Open with a one-shot lead after the home favourite carded a three-under 69.

The pre-tournament favourite leads by one shot over Marco Crespi and Morten Orum Madsen, who are both on 14-under for the event, with Hennie Otto on 13-under and within touching distance of the leader.

Schwartzel landed five birdies during his third round, but carded two bogeys, and after the third day he said: "It was a bit up and down but I think I did what I needed to do. You always think some things could have been better.

"I had a chance to separate myself from the field a little bit at 12, 13, two birdie opportunities, but the greens are starting to speed up and, like I said yesterday, there are a few bumpy spots around the holes ... 69 overall is a good round."

Schwartzel is looking to win the event for the first time, and he said: "I've won the Dunhill and one or two others here in South Africa. The South African Open, being the second oldest golf tournament in the world and being our national open, it would be fantastic."

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