Titch back with a bang

Titch Moore raced around the front nine of Royal Harare Golf Club in 29 strokes, leaping into an early share of fourth with his Saturday 65 during round three of the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open.

“Today was about getting back into contention. It was solid and then my eagle at the third got things going – it’s always nice to make 29 before the turn,” he said.

The 36-year-old took a year off in 2011 after a serious elbow injury, but looked solid through his seven-under-par third round, which took him to six-under for the tournament.

“It’s my first decent number in a while. I was out the whole of last year after my tendon came off the bone in my elbow. It’s been slow progress and I’ve been practicing hard, but I can feel the game is there and it’s about not making big numbers,” he said.

He reserves every ball that he birdies for a charity, and came close to finishing his stock on Saturday. “I have a charity on the go,” he said. “Every birdie I make people donate a minimum of five rand a ball. I had eight balls in the bag, and nearly ran out, so I decided to make some pars coming home!”

He was optimistic about the final round, and said: “If I can fire a nice one tomorrow and then carry that success through the season.”

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