Tyrone Ryan might have won the last Sunshine Big Easy Tour event, but heÂs got a fight on his hands if he is to stop Ockie Strydom from winning the current event at Observatory.
Strydom fired an eight-under-par 64 to lead Cameron Esau by a comfortable five-stroke margin Â a good gap to take into the final round of the 36-hole event being played for a total purse of R100,000.
Ryan found himself six shots adrift after a poor start to his round with a bogey on his opening hole, the 10th.
He pulled a shot back immediately, but dropped again on the 13th. But he turned in level-par 35 after making birdie on 18, and then went round the par-37 back nine in two-under 35 for his 70.
Strydom had a bogey on the 12th, and it seemed completely against the run of play: He started his fireworks with an eagle three on the second, and he made another eagle on the ninth to turn five-under with his birdie on five.
A third eagle came on the 14th, and, together with birdies on the 10th and 18th, that single bogey did very little damage and no dent at all in what looks like an unassailable lead.
Esau had six birdies in his round, which was somewhat spoiled by three bogeys, and heÂs the man best placed to pounce should Strydom make a slip in the final round.