Johannesburg: Home favorite Hennie Otto surged into a three-shot lead with a 7-under 65 at the third round of the South African Open on Saturday as Retief Goosen and Ernie Els both stumbled.
Otto hit seven birdies and an eagle to go 14 under at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Serengeti course. The South African, who grew up nearby in eastern Johannesburg, leads from a four-way tie for second made up of Goosen, Sweden's Magnus Carlsson, Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy.
Goosen (71) couldn't capitalize on a blistering start where he birdied his first three holes. He had bogeys at Nos. 9, 13, 17 and 18 for his worst round at the €1 million ($1.3 million) European Tour tournament this week.