Cheetham leads Dunhill Classic

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

England's Neil Cheetham leads by one shot going into the final round of the Dunhill Classic at Leopard Creek after a solid 69 on Saturday.

Cheetham leads Dunhill Classic

Kruger Park, South Africa:

England's Neil Cheetham leads by one shot going into the final round of the Dunhill Classic at Leopard Creek after a solid 69 on Saturday. Cheetham's was the only bogey-free round of the day and his eight-under-par total of 208 put him a shot clear of South African veteran David Frost, with Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Oliver Whiteley of England on 210 and 211 respectively. Perfect conditions again at Leopard Creek Golf Club for the third round of the Dunhill Classic but several players struggled as the fast greens proved difficult to read. Overnight leader, Sweden's Peter Gustafsson, had a poor day dropping five shots in four holes after the turn. His tee shot at the par-three 12th went out of bounds and he made double-bogey on his way to a 79. After dropping four shots on the front nine, Oliver Whiteley of England fought back with four birdies on the home stretch including a birdie on 14. World number three Ernie Els had a testing day with his putter not working at all until he holed an eagle putt on the last to leave him in contention on four-under. Young home hope Charl Schwartzel moved into outright third place on six-under with birdies on the closing two holes starting with a birdie on 17. At 45 years of age, David Frost showed he still has the ability to win tournaments with a birdie on 12 putting him on his way to a round of 69 and second place on the leaderboard. But while others were suffering, England's Neil Cheetham was putting together a solid round of golf. The 37-year-old had three birdies in a blemish-free 69, the first coming after a fine approach to the 6th. He repeated the trick at the 18th to finish the day on eight-under and he has a good opportunity to clinch his first tournament victory having regained his European Tour card last month in San Roque. (AP)

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