Saturday, December 17, 2005

Goosen, Els Set for South African Golf Battle

17 December 2005

South Africa's Retief Goosen Leads Ernie Els
South Africa's Retief Goosen Leads Ernie Els (AP Photo)
Two-time U.S. Open champions Ernie Els and Retief Goosen of South Africa are set for a final-round battle at the South African Airways Open golf tournament in George, South Africa.

Goosen shot a 4-under-par 69 in his third round Saturday and is 7-under-par 212 for the tournament.

Els, playing in only his third tournament since undergoing knee surgery, is three strokes off the lead at 4-under-par 215. Els also fired a 4-under-par, 69 in his third round.

Overnight leader Ross Fisher is tied with another South African Darren Fichardt for third place at 3-under-par, 216. Fichardt shot a 4-under-par 69 Saturday while Fisher had a 5-over-par 78 in his third round.

The tournament is being played on the Gary Player-designed Fancourt Golf Club Course, a par-73 layout that measures 6,799 meters. This year's winner takes home more than $189,000.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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