Charl and Louis red hot in the desert


The almost treeless Royal Greens golf course with the leafy green rough in the desert in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia fits the four South Africans (Stinger team) playing there in the LIV tournament like a glove.

The Chilean Joaquin Niemann walks after the second round on 127 strokes (-13) with two strokes ahead of South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (129, -11) with Louis Oosthuizen and the American Jason Kokrak who are third together on 130 (-10) .

The two other South Africans, Branden Grace (132, -8) and Dean Burmester (134, -6), also tamed the desert course.

The South African Stinger team (-29) leads by seven shots ahead of Smash and Legion X111 (both -22) with Torque fourth on -20, with just Sunday’s third and final round remaining.

If the South Africans can keep up the pace, and everything points to it, they will win the team division and swell their bank balances with even more millions.

* On the PGA National championship course at Pebble Beach in California, the South African attack in the Cognizant Classic, which is part of the American PGA series, faltered slightly in the third round.

The American Austin Eckroat, David Skinns from England and Shane Lowry from Ireland lead together at 200 (-13). They are three strokes ahead of Victor Perez (France), Chun-An Yu (China), Scotsman Martin Laird, Min-Woo Lee (Australia) and another American Bridgeman Lee, who are all fourth together on 203 (-10).

South Africa’s Garrick Higgo, who was second after the second round, is joint 11th at 205 (-8) after scoring 73 shots in the third round.

Erik van Rooyen is joint 31st on 207 (-6).

Christiaan Bezuidenhout could not qualify for the last two rounds.

* On the St. Francis Links course in the Eastern Cape has also slightly moved the South African attack in the third round of the SDC Championship, which is part of the Dubai World Tour (European series).

The Scot Connor Syme and Daniel Brown of England lead together on 205 (-11) with South Africa’s Robin Williams, James Nicholas (America) and Andy Sullivan (England) who are together third on 207 (-9).

The American Jordan Gumbert and David Ravetto (France) are joint sixth at 208 (-8).

Some of the other South Africans still in the running include Jbé Kruger (210), Casey Jarvis and Thomas Aiken (both 212), Louis de Jager and Malcolm Mitchell (both 213), Shaun Norris, Thriston Lawrence and Daniel van Tonder (all together on 214) with Ockie Strydom and Oliver Bekker (both 215) followed by Nikhil Rama, Lyle Rowe, Keenan Davidse and Keagan Thomas all together are on 216.

Ryan van Velzen and Wilco Nienaber are both at 217.