The Stellenbosch local was 11-under-par at the 54-hole mark of the tournament and three shots behind leader Brandon Stone.
“It was a difficult day, so I was very impressed with Brandon getting to 14-under,” said Van Rooyen. “I’m proud of myself and today’s round, even though I made a few too many bogeys.”
The conditions during the third round were tricky, with intermittent rain and a coastal breeze making it difficult to score.
“We had the prevailing wind today and the course is built around that. I hit a few loose tee shots out there and it cost me, but I made a few nice birdies out there as well. Hopefully tomorrow I can keep it in the fairway a little bit better,” he said.
Van Rooyen has played solid golf throughout the week to post scores of 64, 71, 70. He was keen to be in the mix ahead of the final round on Sunday.
“My job tomorrow is to chase down Brandon and hopefully come away with the trophy. What’s fantastic about this golf course is that mistakes will bite you, but if you hit it well then you can go low. It’s all up for grabs tomorrow,” he said.