Charl Schwartzel takes sole lead
JOHANNESBURG -- Charl Schwartzel shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open, the season-opening event on the European Tour.
South Africa's Hennie Otto surged into fourth with a 65, another stroke behind on 13 under.
Schwartzel has won just one European Tour title since clinching the Masters in 2011 and has never won his home open. He mixed five birdies with two bogeys to put himself in a good position to claim the first title on the 2014 Race to Dubai.
"It was a bit up and down but I think I did what I needed to do," the South African said. "You always think some things could have been better."
Madsen also had five birdies and two drops to sit one off the pace alongside Crespi.
Otto, the 2011 champion, fired the round of the day to put himself in contention on Sunday despite a triple bogey seven on the par-4 No. 9. Otto responded to that slip with seven birdies in his last eight holes to move into fourth.
Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen is still just about in contention for a first tournament win since March 2009 after his 70 on Saturday. Goosen is six shots back on Schwartzel after lifting himself with five birdies on his second nine following three dropped shots going out.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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