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Fleetwood leads heading into final round at Durban

ESPN staff
January 11, 2014
Tommy Fleetwood shared the lead on Friday © Getty Images

Tommy Fleetwood will go into the final round of the Volvo Golf Champions with a one-shot lead after carding a three-under 69 in Durban.

The Englishman was one of three players to share the lead after the second round on Friday, but with four birdies and just the one bogey, Fleetwood is the man on top of the leaderboard, one shot clear of Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen is two shots adrift, despite the South African hitting a triple bogey on the par-4 16th.

And on his round, Fleetwood told europeantour.com: "It's a tough a course as it is but obviously when you're not quite on your game it turns into a very, very difficult course.

"I played four or five really good holes, but obviously the rest of it, I struggled. You miss your tee shots you're always going to struggle for pars. I made one bogey but the bogey was always coming at some point, so I was quite cool and calm at the end of it.

"Three under around this golf course, when you're not on your game is an absolutely brilliant score, and so I think it's showing that I'm maturing as a golfer and I can actually score when I'm playing bad, which is one of the most important parts of being a professional golfer.

"Knowing that you can win and thinking you can are miles apart. That week [at Gleneagles] I was good at staying focused on my own game because that last round, things didn't go my way all the time.

"I stayed patient and came in good at the end. If you can stay in with a shout with three or four holes to go, you never know what's going to happen. That's going to be key, just keep going and stay patient.

"All we want to do is win golf tournaments. That's the best reason to win, you beat everybody over the week and it just gives you so much joy. It would mean a lot obviously, and first tournament of the year, and I haven't played for five weeks - I would be in a very happy way if I could come away with the trophy tomorrow."

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