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SA make up ground in Argentina

17 Nov 2013

Gerlou Roux from Western Province carded a 68 to help South Africa to joint third at Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup in Argentina; credit Dale Boyce

South Africa’s Gerlou Roux and Callum Mowat produced a strong comeback in Saturday’s third round of the 42ndJuan Carlos Tailhade Cup in Argentina to surge within striking distance of pacesetters Spain.

Western Province’s Roux took advantage of the benign conditions at the Los Lagartos Country Club near Pilar on Saturday to fire a three-under-par 68 and a 72 from Central Gauteng’s Mowat help nudge South Africa to joint third on 441 with Ireland.

A pair of 71s from Spain’s Mario Aguilar and his partner David Ayra kept the overnight leaders ahead on 432, while Australians Jarryd Felton and Anthony Murdaca strengthened the country’s title defence bid with respective rounds of 65 and 73 to vault into second.

The Australians are eight shots adrift and the South Africans are just nine shots off the pace, but the host nation lost some footing and slipped to sixth on 443.

“After all the wind and rain over the first two rounds, we really appreciated the warm and windless conditions on Saturday,” said Roux. “We are still struggling with the pace on the greens, because they just keep speeding up, but we are really proud that we rallied and put ourselves back in the battle.

“It won’t be easy to beat Spain and the Australians are also starting to fire, but we will definitely give it our best effort on Sunday.”

THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD

432 Spain 148-142-142

440 Australia 152-150-138

441 South Africa 146-155-140; Ireland 152-149-140

442 Denmark 143-149-150

443 Argentina 148-146-149

451 New Zealand 155-152-144

451Portugal 150-156-145

453 Italy 149-157-147

456 Canada 157-154-145

459 Brazil 159-157-143

462 Peru 155-158-149

464 Finlandia 154-158-152

465 Uruguay 148-161-156

468 Venezuela 156-163-149

493 Colombia 162-175-156

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