Darren Fichardt stormed into a four-way share of the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the third round of the Tshwane Open on Saturday.
Almost two hours of play were lost in mid-afternoon when a thunderstorm forced players from the Els Club course at the Copperleaf Golf Estate. When play resumed, Fichardt, who's looking for a second straight Race to Dubai success, birdied his closing three holes in a round that was just one shot shy of the course record.
Fichardt, who lives 10 minutes from the course, moved to a 16-under total with Chilean Mark Tullo (67) and fellow South Africans Charl Coetzee (68) and Dawie Van Der Walt (67).
''I'm really chuffed with how I finished up,'' said Fichardt, who was on the 15th green when play was halted. ''The delay made me settle down and just think about things. I had about 20 minutes to read the line and then I made that putt and finished with three good birdies.
''My putter obviously got hotter as I was sitting waiting for the delay to finish.''