Coetzee makes comeback in Scotland

George Coetzee’s opening 77 meant hard yards, but the 25-year-old handled them with Friday’s 66 and Saturday’s 67 ahead of the final day at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland.

Coetzee dominated the back nine in 31 strokes during his second and third rounds, subsequently moving to six-under – five shots shy of leaders Mark Foster and Ignacio Garrido.

Coetzee seemed out of contention, but carded the best round of the tournament when he shot 66 on Friday, a score matched only by leader Mark Foster.

After opening with a disappointing 77, the Pretoria Country Club professional clocked up 15 birdies during his second and third rounds.

When his third card read 67 Coetzee proved that Friday’s 66 was not a flash in the pan, and the Telkom PGA Championship winner validated his contention ahead of the final round on Sunday.

Considering his four European Tour top-10 finishes and his current position of 37th in the Race to Dubai, the 25-year-old is due a 2011 European Tour win.

Countryman Jaco van Zyl was tied for fourth at the close of round one, but has experienced the opposite of Coetzee and is now tied for 29th at three-under.

Hennie Otto has managed to hang in at level-par, but the remaining South Africans – Jbe’ Kruger, Keith Horne and Shaun Norris all failed to make the cut.

Coetzee’s last two rounds, which have shot him right back into contention, give him a dangerous edge ahead of the final round in Scotland.

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