Mother Nature Takes Over in South Africa


European TourJOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- There were plenty of fireworks Saturday during the third round of the Joburg Open.

Unfortunately for the players, most of the fireworks came from mother nature. Lightning stopped played at 2:03 p.m. local time and eventually forced the round to be suspended for the day.

The third round is slated to resume Sunday at 6:45 a.m. local time, while the final round will begin at the same time as the resumption of round three.

Before the lightning chased golfers off the course, there was plenty of change atop the leaderboard.

Ariel Canete was 3 under par through nine holes to claim the top spot at 12 under par.

He was one stroke ahead of first-round leader Andrew McLardy and Hennie Otto, who was one of three leaders after two rounds. McLardy completed 11 holes of the third round, while Otto finished eight.

Edoardo Molinari was alone in fourth at 10 under par through 11 holes of the third round.

Otto shared the second-round lead with James Kingston and Jakobus Roos. Kingston was 4 over through eight holes, while Roos was plus-5 after eight.

After using the East and West Courses of the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club for the first two days, the East Course is hosting the final two rounds.

Canete got off to a steady start with five straight pars. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 sixth and came right back with a birdie on the seventh to join McLardy in the lead.

The 31-year-old Canete grabbed the lead outright with a birdie at the ninth. Play was halted shortly after that.

McLardy also parred the first five holes. He birdied the sixth and made it two straight with an 8-foot birdie putt on seven.

The 32-year-old McLardy drained a 9-footer for birdie on eight to convert his third straight birdie to move into the lead at 11 under. He parred his next three before played stopped.

Otto stumbled to back-to-back bogeys from the fourth to slide to minus-9. He got up and down for birdie from a bunker on the par-5 sixth. Otto recovered the second lost stroke with a birdie on eight to get within one of the lead before play stopped for the day.

Edward Rush, Alex Haindl, Sven Struver, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Mark Murless are tied for fifth place at 9 under par. They completed as many as 16 holes for Rush and as few as 10 holes for Murless.

Maarten Lafeber is the leader in the clubhouse at 8-under-par 206 after carding a 3-under 68.

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