Golf: South Korea's Wang leads by three shots after birdie blitz

Wang (above, in a file photo) carded a birdie-laced third-round 64.
Wang (above, in a file photo) carded a birdie-laced third-round 64.PHOTO: ASIAN TOURS

SUN CITY, South Africa (AFP) - Young South Korean Wang Jeunghun carded a birdie-laced third-round 64 Saturday to take a three-shot lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

The 21-year-old trailed leader Alex Noren of Sweden by five strokes on Friday (Nov 12) at the halfway stage of the penultimate tournament in the Road to Dubai series.

But while Noren faded to a 75 Saturday, Wang snatched six birdies and an eagle while not dropping a shot over the 7,161-metre (7,831-yard) layout in north-west South Africa.

His 64 was the lowest round of the week, bettering by two strokes the second-round 66 of former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

The Korean has two European Tour victories to his credit, is ranked 91 in the world and lies 39 in the Road to Dubai standings.

Wang is on 205 in pursuit of the US$1.16 million (S$1.6 million) first prize with Oosthuizen on 208 after a 70 and Andy Sullivan of England on 209 having carded a 68.

South African Branden Grace, who fired a 71, and Noren are on 211 and those one shot further back include reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden after a 69.

Stenson topped the Road to Dubai standings going into the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which is popularly referred to as the African Major.