• Nedbank Golf Challenge

Donaldson retains three-shot lead

ESPN staff
December 7, 2013
Jamie Donaldson had opened up a three-shot lead after day two © Getty Images

Jamie Donaldson took a step closer to clinching the Nedbank Golf Challenge after shooting a third-round 67 in Sun City.

The Welshman rolled home six birdies before a single blip at 17 meant he ended the day the same as he had started it - three clear of Ryan Moore, who is joined by Thomas Bjorn in second place.

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"This is one of the best fields in the world and a three-shot lead doesn't mean much," Donaldson, whose two European Tour victories came at the 2012 Irish Open and in Abu Dhabi in January, said.

"It was hard work out there, even when you are playing well. You can't sit back for a minute, because every hole is difficult. It's very important to stay in the present and keep hitting good shots.

"I'll play as aggressively as I can and take on all the shots that I would if it was the first day. I have to go out there and play aggressive golf where I can.

"It would be very special to win. It's a great golf course and a great country. I've won twice on the European Tour so far, but every win is special. This would just be a little more special."

Sergio Garcia recovered from a second-round 73 to shoot a round-of-the-day 66 and move to 11-under par, where he is joined by Thongchai Jaidee, who was recently named as a captain for the inaugural EurAsia Cup.

FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson is also on 11-under, two clear of Brendon de Jonge.

The other Britons in the field had mixed days. US Open champion Justin Rose carded a 69 to move to 7-under par and keep himself in the hunt.

But Luke Donald and David Lynn slumped to rounds of 74 and 75 to fall to 3-under and 3-over respectively.

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