Shubhankar Sharma opens up five-stroke advantage at Joburg Open


Shubhankar Sharma followed up his third round 61 with another flawless seven-under 65 to take a massive five-shot lead into the final round of the Joburg Open, a tri-sanctioned event between Asian, European and Sunshine Tours, here at Randpark Golf Club.

The top-three finishers not already exempt this week will earn a spot in the field for next year's Open at Carnoustie so it was all to play for in the chasing pack. "Good approach shots are very important if you want to shoot low numbers".

Morrison swallowed a second bogey of the day at 16 but responded with a walk-off birdie to end the day in a tie for third.

"I'm really happy with my game", Pulkkanen told

Another two birdies saw him turn in 29, seven under, before a mixed second nine produced an eagle, three birdies nad two bogeys. "Anyone can go low, as we've seen, so I'll stay aggressive and go for it".

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"It's a really nice birthday present", said the man from Hoor who turned 26 on Saturday. I hit come great shots and then holing the putts was key.

England's James Morrison (67) and South Africa's Erik van Rooyen (70) were another stroke back at 14 under.

At 13-under he is second and just one shot behind the leader, Finn Tapio Pulkkanen (64 at Firethorn), who won the Kazhakstan Open on European Challenge Tour this year.

Dylan Frittelli, the big pre-tournament hope of South Africans after winning the Mauritius Open last weekend, had a 71 and is out of contention 15 shots off the pace.