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Jamieson takes one shot lead into Nedbank final round

Jamieson takes one shot lead into Nedbank final round

Despite making a bogey five at the par-four 18th hole on Saturday - his first for the week on the back nine - Branden Grace was still able to post a four-under-par 68 to be at five-under overall and three shots off the lead going into Sunday's final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Victor Dubuisson was in contention until he dropped a shot at the 15, and he had to be content with third place in this the seventh event of the Rolex series.

Grace began the day three strokes off the pace but fired six birdies in a flawless display in Sun City, with overnight leader Jamieson a shot back on 10 under and Dubuisson a further stroke adrift.

Grace became the first South African in 10 years to win the tournament after Trevor Immelman triumphed here in 2007.

Jamieson is hunting the second European Tour title of his career, and what would also be the second in South Africa.

The Scot had shot rounds of 66 and 57 on a shortened and rain-affected Durban course to win in a play-off in what was the first of two Nelson Mandela Championships.

"I'll be well aware of that tomorrow".

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On the front nine he made four birdies, but also four bogeys and three double bogeys, something he admitted after his round he would have to get right if he is to seriously challenge for the title on Sunday afternoon. "I'm very excited to be in this position. hopefully it's third time lucky for me".

It was a frustrating finish for Ramsay as he took 6 at the last to miss out on his second top ten in a Rolex Series event this year. I think it's because I've played the course very conservatively.

There were a few nervy moments during the middle part of his round when his putter went cold and he failed to take advantage after hitting it close on several greens.

However Darren Frittelli (+3), Brandon Stone (+4), Dean Burmester and George Coetzee (both +5) have much work to do if they are to make the cut for the weekend's action.

His start apart, Grace believes the course suits him and hopes that his determination and comfort in the conditions will stand him in good stead.

"This is one of those events you grow up watching as a South African, and this is probably the event as a South African you want to win", he said. It's Africa's Major for a reason and what a special place it is.