January 9, 2009

Schwartzel, Drysdale, McLardy Tied

Charl Schwartzel's hole-in-one propelled him to an eight-under 63 and into a three-way tie with 18 holes left to play

Schwartzel's last win in October 2008 at the Madrid Masters was his third win on the European Tour.

Schwartzel's last win in October 2008 at the Madrid Masters was his third win on the European Tour.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Charl Schwartzel of South Africa had a hole-in-one on his way to an 8-under 63 and a share of the Joburg Open lead after the third round on Saturday.

Schwartzel hit a 7-iron into the cup at the 205-yard 12th on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's East Course, atoning for his double-bogey 6 at No. 11.

"My last hole-in-one was in July 1998 when I was 13 years old," Schwartzel said. "I pitched it short and landed in the hole, so that was really nice."

Schwartzel's 11-under 202 total tied him with South Africa's Andrew McLardy and Scotland's David Drysdale, the overnight leader.

McLardy scrapped his way to a 69, while Drysdale birdied the 18th for a 71.

Retief Goosen had six birdies for a 65 to join Sweden's Joakim Haeggman (66) and Norway's Anders Hansen (64) one shot back in a tie for fourth after a round that included two weather delays.

"I was a bit far behind, especially after the first round when I had a terrible start," Hansen said. "But I got myself back into the tournament so we'll see what's going to happen."