CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen
shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to share a two-stroke lead after
three rounds of the $175,000 Vodacom Players Championship.
The South African was at 14-under 202 along with second-round
leader Alan McLean of Scotland, who had an erratic round with four
bogeys and an eagle for a 70.
"I have won in a number of countries this year -- the U.S.,
Japan, Scotland, Spain," Goosen said. "And it will be nice to
close it off with a win in my home country."
South Africa's Nic Henning shot a 64 for the day's best round,
leaving him at 204. Ernie Els continued his mediocre play in his
home country, finishing with a 70 that put him six shots off the
pace at 208.
Goosen opened with a bogey-5 on the first hole. His drive went
into the trees and his recovery shot struck a branch, with the ball
nearly hitting him in the face.
"The rest of the round went well, though," he said.
Goosen eagled the seventh hole and added four more birdies on
the back nine, including a chip-in on the par-3 13th.