Last year, Jacques Blaauw caused some front-runners’ hearts to flutter when he blazed through the final round of a tournament in 11-under-par 61. He didn’t win, but if he pops another of those in the final round of the Joburg Open, he probably will.
Blaauw finished the final four holes of his Joburg Open third round five-under par – three birdies and an eagle – to card a 67 and move into a share of third at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, two shots off the pace set by Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous of South Africa and England’s Anthony Wall.
Blaauw’s 61 made eventual winner George Coetzee work hard to take the Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club last year, and Blaauw felt that he was perhaps ready to get another final round like that going in the Joburg Open.
“My finish if the third round here really did bring back memories of that final round in Tshwane,” he said. “Making some putts coming in will always lighten up your day. I had a couple of bad bounces early in the round, so I’m happy just to finish well and give it a good go in the final round.
“I just have to harness what I did in those final four holes today and put it into action for round four – and don’t make any mistakes!
“I can go low here. I played with Zander in the third round and he played unbelievably well. He made nine birdies and thot shows me that I can go low. I’ve done it before, so I can do it again,” he added.