Jamie Donaldson maintains his lead at Sun City

MARK GLEESON
Last updated 04:34 08/12/2013

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Four birdies on the back nine saw Welshman Jamie Donaldson maintain his three stroke lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge today with one round to play.

The 38-year-old, chasing his biggest single payday yet at the US$6.5-million event, kept up yesterday's momentum as he returned a third round score of 67 for a 16-under-par total of 200.

He might have had a more comfortable lead in search of the US$1.25-million first prize, had he not bogeyed the 17th at the Gary Player Country Club.

"I was in between clubs and it put me in trouble but in the end I came out with a good five. I'm still in a strong position and I've got to go out there tomorrow and play really good golf," he told Supersport television.

"It's a tough field, a lead of three doesn't mean much among these guys."

Donaldson leads from Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and American Ryan Moore, who are 13-under-par.

Bjorn played one of the best rounds of the day, birdying the 18th for a second successive day to finish with a 66.

"I got off to a good start and played solid golf. That's what you need to do on this course. If I can shoot 66 or 67 tomorrow, I'll give myself a chance. But you have to play sensible golf, not try and chase down the leader," Bjorn said at the end of his round.

Moore followed a second round 65 with a 67 today, with five birdies in a bogey-free round.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand both matched Bjorn's 66 to go 11-under, along with world number three Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who hit a double bogey at the par-five ninth to finish with a 69.

For three-time winner Ernie Els, making a record 18th appearance at the tournament called 'Africa's major', a triple bogey early in his round saw him finish with a 77 for a seven-over total that leaves him tie bottom of the elite 30-man field.

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