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Golf-Harding leads in heavy rain in SA Open third round

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FILE PHOTO: Golf – 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, England – July 17, 2021 Justin Harding of South Africa competes in third round REUTERS/Paul Childs

December 4, 2021

SUN CITY, South Africa (Reuters) – Host Justin Harding took the lead with a header midway through the third round of the South African Open after rain and lightning during a short game at Gary Player Country Club on Saturday .

Harding, a two-time European Tour winner, is under 11 to 13, ahead of compatriots Daniel van Tonder and Oliver Bekker, who have played the same number of holes.

Bekker had been an overnight lead with 12 points below the obliques, but raced past two goals in the third inning when play was stopped, allowing Harding (two under) and Van Tonder (3 under) to keep him.

The match will resume at 7am (0500 GMT) on Sunday, with the fourth round scheduled to start at 9am.

The South African Open, held in Sun City this year, is one of the oldest open golf championships first held in 1903.

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Helen Popper)

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