Date: January 14, 2007
Author: Sportal

Pilkadaris crashes, Zions firms

Sportal Australian Terry Pilkadaris has slipped off the pace as play was abandoned due to dangerous weather in round three of the Joburg Open in South Africa. Pilkadaris, who started the day just one stroke off the lead, would have been happy to leave the course after losing ground over the nine holes he completed, slipping to 10th on the leaderboard before play was suspended. Pilkadaris opened his third round disastrously carding three consecutive bogies and another at the fifth before managing birdies on the sixth and ninth to add some respectability to his card. Argentina&aposs Ariel Canete has a one-stroke lead going into the final round after shooting three birdies in his round before leaving the course after nine holes. Canete goes into the final round at 12-under the card and leads by one stroke from South Africans Andrew McLardy and Hennie Otto. Aussie Matthew Zions managed eleven holes and was on an even-par round before play was suspended. He now has a share of 10th place alongside Pilkadaris, four strokes from the lead at eight under the card. The players will complete their third round on the final day before heading back out on the course for the final 18. Leaderboard after the third round of the Joburg Open -12: Ariel Canete -11: Andrew McLardy, Hennie Otto -10: Edorado Molinari -9: Jean Gonnet, Alex Haindl, Mark Murless, Edward Rush, Sven Struver -8: Adilson Da Silva, Maarten Lafeber, David Park, Terry Pilkadaris (Australia), Charl Schwartzel, Richard Stern, Matthew Zions (Australia) -7: Benn Barham, Magnus A Carlsson, Alastair Forsyth, Kieth Horne, Lee James Also: -2: Simon Nash (Australia)