SUN CITY, South Africa – Retief Goosen extended his lead at the Nedbank Challenge after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday to sit two shots clear of Robert Allenby and Angel Cabrera.
Goosen missed a couple of easy birdie putts but holed a 25-footer from the fringe for an eagle on the ninth. He added three birdies to sit at 12-under 204.
Allenby and Cabrera both shot a 68.
Rory McIlroy, who struggled during the first two days, withdrew before the third round with a stomach ailment.
Nick Watney of the United States had the best round of the tournament, equaling the course record with a 9-under 63. Watney had a flawless round with nine birdies, but is still five shots behind Goosen in a tie for sixth with Tim Clark.
Ross Fisher of England shot a 66 to climb into a tie for fourth with defending champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who missed a number of easy putts and settled for a 70.