Ernie Els shot a Friday 68 at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters to move into tied second, and will head into the final round just one stroke off the pace.
“I was pretty consistent the whole day. I played well and it was one of those days where I tried to stay in the tournament. I was trying to get to 12-under but that didn’t quite happen. I’m one shot behind and I just wanted to stay in the mix which I managed to do,” he said.
The Big Easy began the tournament with a 68, shot a Friday 70 and capped off the 54-hole mark with another 68, moving to 10-under and joining Bernd Wiesberger in a share of second.
“My body felt good and my concentration was pretty good as well. I just try to hang in there. I hit a lot of good shots, missed a lot of putts and in the end I grinded out a 68,” said Els, who has won over 60 titles worldwide.
The Open Champion loomed on 10-under-par, just one stroke back from the relatively unknown Daisuke Kataoka, who led the tournament with his rounds of 70, 69, 66.
The young Japanese player was excited for his first time leading, but one gets the sense that players of Els and Wiesberger’s calibre will take the top honours on Sunday.
“This is the first time I’m leading a tournament. When I looked at the scores, I saw many good players chasing me so I hope to have some luck to win! It won’t be easy,” said Kataoka.