Golf: Mardan on song in fourth place at AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Port Louis (Mauritius) - Mardan Mamat headed for the beach yesterday after making waves at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open with a four-under 67 in the third round.

Singapore's top golfer mixed five birdies with a bogey at the Heritage Golf Club to lie in fourth on eight-under 205.

He is three strokes behind South African George Coetzee (65), who leads the €1 million euro (S$1.49 million) event co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Sunshine Tour, and Asian Tour.

"I like the way I'm striking the ball. Even in the wind, I'm hitting it good," he told the Asian Tour.

"Missed a few (putts) today and hopefully I can hole a few more. It's tough to get it out of my head but I think I know how to handle it if get into contention tomorrow. I've been there before and just hope to keep my momentum. Just try to hole some putts. I'm going to take a rest and go to the beach now."

On Friday, Javier Colomo did not need to make a putt at the 329-yard par-four ninth. The Spaniard became the first European or Asian Tour player to hit a hole in one on a par-four to make the cut.

"First time in my life I hit an unbelievable driver, very high with a little cut," said Colomo, who signed for a two-under 69 on Friday before carding 72 yesterday for a 213 total.

"I tried to stop the ball on the green and the ball found the hole. I needed a birdie to make the cut, double eagle (albatross) is just fantastic."