Steady Charl marches on in Perth

Charl Schwartzel carded a two-under-par 70 for the third round of the ISPS Handa Perth International and lies seventh ahead of the final round.


The 2011 Masters champion has a lot of work to do if he wants to catch 54-hole leader Thorbjorn Olesen, who set a new course record on day one and has played superbly throughout the week for a 16-under-par total and a three-shot lead going into the final round.


“I don’t think it’s a bad score but considering where Thorbjorn and some of the guys are going then it’s not really enough to give yourself a realistic chance. Two-under is okay and I’ll need to shoot at least seven-under tomorrow to have a chance. I’ve been good with bouncing back and staying patient, which is reassuring,” said the South African.


Schwartzel’s focus will be on a top result. There is no chance for him to bank on shooting a low one, but he’ll give it a shot.


“Once you get some momentum going it could be there. There are a lot of birdie chances on these par fours and if I can combine that with good par-five play then I can see myself going seven or eight under,” he said.


Plenty can change over the final 18 holes, but for now the 30-year-old must dig deep to give himself any chance of contending.


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