Jeunghun Wang Leads Nedbank Challenge in Sun City After Superb 64

November 12, 2016

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Jeunghun Wang had an eagle and six birdies in a superb third round on Saturday to take a 3-shot lead into the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Wang’s 8-under 64 took him to the front after starting five shots behind overnight leader Alex Noren. The 21-year-old South Korean went bogey-free to go 11 under overall, ahead of home favorite Louis Oosthuizen.

England’s Andy Sullivan was a shot behind Oosthuizen, and Noren is in a tie for fourth with Branden Grace.

There was a recovery from Henrik Stenson, with the European Tour’s Race to Dubai leader producing a 3-under 69 to climb into a tie for sixth. Stenson is still seven shots behind Wang and needs to win the tournament to wrap up the money list title before the season-ending World Tour Championship next week.

If Stenson doesn’t clinch the race here, it’s up for grabs in Dubai, when Rory McIlroy is expected to return after skipping the last two tournaments on the tour. McIlroy, the money list winner for the last two seasons, is third in the current standings behind Stenson and England’s Danny Willett.

Willett is also playing in Sun City, and made a mini-recovery on Saturday after opening the tournament with 75-74. The U.S. Masters champion found some of his touch with a 5-under 67 to move to level par.

But it’s Wang in position for a first Nedbank title and the biggest win of his career after back-to-back victories on the European Tour in May.

Wang chipped in at No. 4 for one of four birdies on the front nine, tapped in for an eagle three on No. 10, immediately followed by a birdie. He sank an 18-foot putt for a birdie on the last.