Darryn sets the Swazi pace

Darryn Lloyd made 14 points on Friday to share the lead early into round three at the Investec Royal Swazi Open, setting the 54-hole pace with his 29 point total.

Moving day produced its first few players on the rise, and the 23-year-old shared the lead with Jacques Blaauw, who made an impressive 13 points to stake his claim to the lead.

LLoyd is a huge hitter of the ball and used that length to his advantage at Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, making an incredible seven birdies during the round.

The young gun has been building towards a great result for some time. At the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open a fortnight ago he shot a Thursday 66 on his way to a tied-21st result. Add to that his second-place finish at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Obersvatory event and it feels like the right time for him to make his move.

Blaauw would hold the sole lead were it not for a bogey at the first, which he overcame by carding four birdies before the turn. A run of three consecutive birdies from the 14th to the 17th secured the early lead for Centurion local.

Jake Roos moved to third place after shooting an 11-point third round, and looks as dangerous as ever since his Zim Open victory a fortnight ago.

Add to this the fact that he won the 2012 Lombard Insurance Classic at the same course, and Roos is a solid bet for the final round tomorrow.

Michiel Bothma finished up the morning field in sole fourth on 27 points, and was followed by Lyle Rowe and Andrew Curlewis, who shared fifth on 26 points.

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