Goosen leads at Sun City

Retief Goosen will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Nedbank Challenge in his native South Africa tomorrow.

Goosen carded a third round of 67 to finish on 12-under-par, two strokes clear of Robert Allenby and Angel Cabrera.

The double US Open champion held a one-shot cushion overnight and got off to the ideal start today with a birdie on the second.

An eagle on the ninth took the South African to the turn in 33 and further birdies on the 10th and 14th ensured the 2004 champion remained in pole position for a second title at Sun City.

Allenby and Cabrera both carded rounds of 68 to keep up the pressure, Australian Allenby carding six birdies and two bogeys.

US Masters champion Cabrera returned five birdies and one bogey, including two twos on the back nine courtesy of some superb iron shots.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson is four shots off the pace on eight-under after a 70, alongside England’s Ross Fisher.

Fisher, who opened with a 73 on Thursday, continued on an upward curve with a 66 today to go with yesterday’s 69.

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, last overnight on five-over-par, withdrew before the start of his third round after failing to recover from the illness which had troubled him all week.

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