Posted November 14, 2012 on AP on Fox
Henrik Stenson of Sweden closed in on a first European Tour win in three years Saturday, taking a three-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open despite George Coetzee shooting a course-record 63. Stenson had six birdies and three bogeys in a 69 for a 16-under total of 200. Coetzee and Magnus Carlsson were three shots back. Stenson is looking for his first title since the Players Championship in 2009. He'll need to hold off a fast-finishing Coetzee on Sunday. The South African had nine birdies and an eagle to break the course record at Serengeti. He had two bogeys on the back nine. Martin Kaymer's 68 put him at 8 under, while Charl Schwartzel had a 74 to slip 10 shots off the pace.

Bremner's 64 equals course record

Merrick Bremner birdied six of his first nine holes on the way to a course record-equaling 64 Thursday in the opening round of the South African Open. Bremner raced to 8 under and a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Matthew Carvell at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel recovered from a double-bogey five...

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South African Open Leading Scores Leading scores Thursday from the South African Open, a European Tour event at the par-72, 7,761-yard (7,096-meter) Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate course: First Round Merrick Bremner, South Africa 30-34 -64 Matthew Carvell, South Africa 33-33 -66 Henrik Stenson, Sweden 32-34 -66 Craig Lee, Scotland 36-31 -67 Alex Haindl, South Africa 34-33...
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