RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa shot a 9-under 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Rhys Davies of Wales after the third round of the Trophee Hassan II.
Oosthuizen had five birdies on the front nine and five more on the back to go with a single bogey on No. 17. Overnight leader Davies had seven birdies in his round of 68.
“I felt like I hit the ball well. I hit it farther with most of my clubs and my putting was good again,” said Oosthuizen, who is chasing his first European Tour win. “Nice to have 10 birdies on my card, that doesn’t happen every day.”
Frenchman Thomas Levet and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken were four strokes behind Oosthuizen, who headed into Sunday’s final round on the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course at 20-under 198.
“I am very happy with such a strong position,” Oosthuizen said. “I haven’t done a lot going in with a lead before but I am playing well enough.”
Davies, who tied for third in the Malaysian Open this month, feels he is in good enough form to upset Oosthuizen’s plans.
“This is my second week on the bounce of being right in the mix and I’m enjoying it,” Davies said. “It’s good to be at the top and good to be playing with these top-class players and trying to beat them.”
Ignacio Garrido of Spain had a 69 to finish the day one stroke behind Aiken and Levet, while Danny Willett of England matched Oosthuizen’s 64 to climb up the leaderboard to one shot behind Garrido.