Campillo goes 9-under in 3rd round of Africa Open

He putted all the way around a bunker for one of his birdies, and with eight of them and an eagle on his card at the Africa Open Golf Challenge, Jorge Campillo of Spain was understandably pleased with his third round.

His single bogey meant he signed for a nine-under-par 63 – one off the best round of the tournament so far, by leader Adilson Da Silva in the opening round at East London Golf Club – which took him to 10-under-par for the €1-million tournament co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour.

The 27-year-old is still looking for his first professional victory after turning pro in 2009, and he started the year in style with a share of ninth in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January. But he missed the cut in Qatar and in Johannesburg, and a share of 49th in Dubai was frustrating.

His great second round has given him a sense of confidence – tempered with the reality that the leaders had yet to tee off at East London Golf Club on a benign day. “It’s going to be tough, because people are going to shoot low today,” he said.

“It’s playing a little easier than the first two days, so I’m going to be a few behind, maybe four or five tomorrow, but if I have a good round like today then I might have a chance,” he added.

He came second behind Jbe’ Kruger in last year’s Avantha Masters in India, so making the step up would be very sweet for him, especially on a course he is enjoying more with every outing. “I played here last year. I played decently and finished somewhere around the top 30. The course is fun to play and I enjoy it here,” he said.

“The first few holes are easy and you have to make birdie,” he added. “Number one and three were playing easy, so I made two birdies there, and then on three I hit it long and was on the lip of the bunker, but I putted around that bunker and somehow it went in! On four I just hit it close.

“It looked easy out there, but from eight to 12 is a little tough. And then you’ve got a pretty strong finish.” Without wind, the East London layout seemed there for the taking, and Campillo’s assault on par showed it.

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