Els, Goosen battling for South African Open title

Els, Goosen battling for South African Open title

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Ernie Els has taken a one-shot lead over Retief Goosen into the fourth round of the rain-delayed South African Open, overcoming a shaky start to shoot a 5-under 67 in the third round.

Els had three bogeys on his first five holes Sunday, but recovered with seven birdies to stay ahead of Goosen at 19-under 197.

Goosen surged into a three-shot lead after shooting 31 on his front nine, but followed with three bogeys and four birdies.

The course was shortened to 17 holes because of a water-logged green on the par-3 fourth, where all players were given a par score.

The fourth round was being played later Sunday after rain washed out play on Thursday.

Charl Schwartzel had a hole-in-one on the 15th en route to a 69 and a share for 10th, six shots back.


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