Master blaster Nienaber uses putting skills to lead Joburg Open

Wilco Nienaber (Supplied)

Wilco Nienaber (Equipped)

Johannesburg, Nov 21, 2020 (AFP) -Large-hitting Wilco Nienaber from South Africa displayed one other power Saturday with a string of excellent putts to take a one-shot lead into the Joburg Open last spherical.

The 20-year-old, who turned skilled final 12 months, gained rave evaluations this week after slamming a tee shot 439 yards (401.5 metres), with many pundits labelling him the South African reply to Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau has averaged 325 yards on the PGA circuit whereas Nienaber has the good thing about the ball flying additional within the 1,753-metre (5,751 ft) altitude of Johannesburg.

“I holed some essential putts that saved the momentum going,” stated Nienaber after carding a four-under 67 for a complete of 197, one shot forward of Dane Joachim B. Hansen, who fired a third-round 64 on a moist, chilly day.

South Africans Jacques Blaauw (73), Shaun Norris (69) and Brandon Stone (64) and Richard Bland (68) from England share third place, 5 photographs behind the chief at Randpark Golf Membership.

“I loved it loads on the market, regardless that the umbrellas had been always going up and down and rain tops happening and coming off,” added Nienaber.

“My caddie (Jason Scheepers) has been actually good. It felt like he had greater than two palms at instances as a result of he was carrying a lot.

“The ultimate spherical goes to be nice. It will likely be the primary time I’m in that state of affairs and I’m simply going to embrace it and luxuriate in myself.”

Joint-leader after the primary spherical and one stroke behind Blaauw on the midway mark, Nienaber began his third spherical poorly with two bogeys inside 5 holes.

Then, his placing expertise took over and he birdied 5 holes, together with three in a row from 12, to overhaul Hansen, who, like Nienaber, is in search of a primary European Tour triumph.

Hansen coated the entrance 9 in solely 29 photographs because of an eagle, birdie, birdie, par, birdie, birdie blitz from the fourth over the par-71 Firethorn course.

He couldn’t keep the momentum, although, and bogeyed 11 earlier than two extra birdies saved him in competition to grow to be the second Danish winner of the Joburg Open after Anders Hansen 11 years in the past.

“It was a type of days the place the umbrella went up and down about 15 instances, however I saved a cool head on the market,” stated Hansen.

“I performed properly with some good iron photographs. I’ve performed properly on this golf course earlier than and I prefer it right here.”


197 – Wilco Nienaber 63-67-67

198 – Joachim Hansen (DEN) 66-68-64

202 – Jacques Blaauw 66-63-73, Richard Bland (ENG) 67-67-68, Shaun Norris 63-70-69, Brandon Stone 70-68-64

203 – Aaron Cockerill (CAN) 64-68-71

204 – Zander Lombard 69-65-70, Steve Surry (ENG) 67-71-66

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