Bezuidenhout climbs into contention in Abu Dhabi

Jan 23, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

A superb five-under-par 67 on Saturday saw Christiaan Bezuidenhout vault into the top 10 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour as he went into the final round in a share of eighth on eight-under-par.

That leaves the South African Open champion some way off the pace being set by Rory McIlroy who heads the field at 13-under-par, but a five-stroke deficit is not an insurmountable one. But he will have to make sure he doesn’t drop any shots in the chase, as he did on the fifth after he had started his third round on the 10th and raced to five-under with a par-five ahead of him.

As it happened, he regained that stroke, while McIlroy dropped two on his way to a 67 of his own. But McIlroy made up for those bogeys with a superb eagle from the left rough on the 10th. The former world number one takes a one-stroke edge over Tyrell Hatton into the final round, with Tommy Fleetwood lurking another shot back in third.

George Coetzee also found himself in a share of eighth with Bezuidenhout after he signed for a four-under-par 68 which included a double-bogey six on the ninth hole.

Richard Sterne carded a three-under 69 in the third round for a share of 30th going into the final round, while Justin Harding slipped to a four-over 76 to find himself in a share of 63rd near the bottom of the pack.

Bezuidenhout finds himself paired with Australian Jason Scrivener for the final round, just half an hour behind McIlroy and Hatton.

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