By NDINAWE SIMPELWE –
GOLFER Madalitso Muthiya played a one under par 71 to finish joint fourth on the third day of the Vodacom Origins of Golf champions at the Pinnacle Point Golf course in South Africa.
Muthiya is now six shots behind the leader Steve Surry of England, who played a par 72 on the day but did his work on the first two days when he carded three under par 69 on both occasions.
Like in the previous two rounds, Muthiya had a good start but faltered on the way as he dropped crucial shots that would have earned him a decent result to challenge for the title going into today’s fourth and final round.
Muthiya carded a birdie and an eagle on the third and fifth holes respectively to end the front nine with a three under par and was hoping to keep up the momentum on the back nine.
However, two bogeys on the 10th and 13th holes summarised the Zambian golfer’s form in the tournament as his poor finishing cost him a real chance to be among the favourites to win it today.
Muthiya heads into the last round on par 216.
Surry also struggled yesterday with two bogeys on the front nine and another two on the back nine but did well to balance up his card with four birdies on the back nine to end the day on six under par 210 overall.
In second position is South African Derick Petersen, who also played a par 72 on the day to finish two under par 214 while third placed Philip Eriksson of Sweden is on one under par 215.