Saturday, 16 March 2019
Adri Arnaus  (Getty Images)
Adri Arnaus (Getty Images)

Adri Arnaus continued his remarkable run of scoring to open up a one shot lead on day three of the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa.

The Spaniard came home in 30 on day two at Karen Country Club but he still entered Moving Day four shots off the lead of South African Louis de Jager.

Another nine holes in 30 shots made it 11 birdies in his last 18 and the rookie was at 13 under, one shot clear of De Jager who turned in 35.

Italian Guido Migliozzi was then at 11 under, one clear of India's Gaganjeet Bhullar, South African Justin Harding, Scot Liam Johnston and England's Jack Singh Brar.

Bhullar got off to a flying start, holing a 20 footer at the first and then putting his tee shot on the par three second to two feet to move to nine under.

He was just two back when the leader missed short par putt on the first and an eight foot putt on the tenth meant last season's Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways winner was just one back.

Arnaus parred his first three holes but a tee shot to two feet on the par three fourth and a long putt on the next meant he was also just one behind De Jager.

A brilliant second helped the leader save par from the trees on the third and despite another ragged tee shot on the fifth, he holed a left to righter from just off the green to get back to 12 under entering the most scoreable part of the layout.

Ahead at the par five sixth, Bhullar was just off the green in two but got down for his birdie, with Arnaus doing the same after finding the putting surface in two.

Migliozzi holed a ten foot putt for birdie on the second and when he added further gains on the fifth and sixth, he was into double figures.

He was soon joined at ten under by Bhullar, who found a favourable lie in the trees off the seventh tee but left his third in the rough en route to a first bogey of the day.

De Jager found a bush off the tee on the sixth and, after playing out with the back of his club, he could not save par and Arnaus was in a share of the lead.

The 24 year old drove just over the green on the par four seventh and two putts from the fringe handed him the lead, with Migliozzi also birdieing to sit just one back.

George Coetzee picked up seven shots in six holes from the sixth on day two and was making hay around the turn again.

He birdied the fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth and 11th and he was just two back.

Incredibly, outside the run of holes from the fifth to the 11th, the four time European Tour winner was six over par.

Singh Brar had taken advantage of the sixth and he holed a very long left to righter on the on the eighth to also get to ten under.

De Jager had been ragged over his first seven holes but he played the eighth in textbook fashion, putting an approach to five feet to rejoin the lead.

The group at ten under was swelling, with Harding birdieing the second, seventh and ninth, and Johnston picking up shots on the first, fifth, sixth and tenth.

Coetzee bogeyed the 12th to end his brilliant run and slip to nine under but Arnaus was flying, holing from 12 feet on the ninth to get back into the solo lead.

Northern Ireland's Cormac Sharvin was the clubhouse leader at eight under after a 65.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T2HARDING, JustinRSA18-15
T2DE JAGER, LouisRSA18-15
T2ARNAUS, AdriESP18-15
5BHULLAR, GaganjeetIND18-14

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