Tournament: Nedbank Golf Challenge 
DP World Tour Rankings: Tournament 42 of 43 events
Venue: Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa 
Prize Fund: US$6,000,000
Hashtag: #NGC2022 #DPWT

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 12: Thomas Detry of Belgium plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round during Day Three of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on November 12, 2022 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Round Three Report 

Thomas Detry and Rasmus Højgaard share a one shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge following an action-packed Saturday at the Gary Player Country Club.

The 66-player field faced an early start to complete round two after bad weather hit Sun City on Friday, but Detry produced a blistering start and finish to his third round to sign for a five-under-par 67.

That took the Belgian – who is chasing a maiden DP World Tour title – to nine under for the week, where he was joined by Dane Højgaard after his third successive 69.

Detry started his third round at the tenth and birdied his opening two holes before picking up another shot at the 14th. Two bogies and another gain followed in his next ten holes before he reeled off three birdies to finish.

Three-time DP World Tour winner Højgaard also made a quick start with a birdie at the second but after dropping shots at the fourth and eighth his round kicked into life at the ninth when he rolled in an eagle putt from 14 feet, adding two further birdies on the back nine to join Detry at the summit.

South Africans Thriston Lawrence and Branden Grace are at eight under par, while European Ryder Cup Captain Luke Donald and another home favourite in Christiaan Bezuidenhout are two shots further back.

Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood and DP World Rankings number two Ryan Fox are then at six under par alongside India’s Shubhankar Sharma. 

Player Quotes

Thomas Detry:  Putting (has been key). I struggled on the greens the first day and I’ve managed to find some great confidence and I’m seeing them roll in.
 
My game has been in great form for the last couple of months and I feel like everything is clicking again. I’m working on the right things, doing the right things with my coach. Having a lot of rest as I’ve been travelling back and forth (from the US) so that’s the number one thing I’ve been doing is resting a lot. It’s been working, so hopefully we can keep it going.
 
You could say so, yes (asked if he’s in the form of his life). We’ll see what tomorrow brings, I’m really excited. I’m playing some really confident golf, I’m hitting all of my targets, driving it well and putting well, so not much really can go wrong.
 
I think 14 under will be the winning number, so I’ll just stay aggressive, take care of the par fives. There are a couple of tough holes out here, so hit the fairway and that’s it.
 
Rasmus Højgaard: Overall, my driving has been key. Had a few missed cues today, but I’ve been driving the ball well for three rounds. You need good driving to do well out here – there’s so much trouble on each side.
 
I’m not sure (why he’s been so consistent this season). Maybe just a little bit of a different mindset. Trying not to get too far ahead of myself. If I can keep doing that, I usually play good golf, so that’s my focus.
 
I’ll just try to stay as calm as possible tomorrow. Don’t try to force anything. If I can have a clear focus and not try to hit difficult types of shots, try to keep it simple as possible. I’ve got a good feeling.
 
Thriston Lawrence: From round one, I’ve been hitting it unbelievable tee to green – probably the best all year. Putter was dead the first round and a half, but managed to make a few putts and kept calm, stayed patient.
 
It’s probably my best round on this golf course so far, and what a way to do it on moving day.
 
I think I’m going to be a couple back going into tomorrow, so exciting times ahead. I couldn’t have asked for a better first time here.
 
Round Three Scores

207 T DETRY (BEL) 73 67 67, R H?JGAARD (DEN) 69 69 69, 
 208 B GRACE (RSA) 70 67 71, T LAWRENCE (RSA) 74 69 65, 
 209 C BEZUIDENHOUT (RSA) 73 68 68, L DONALD (ENG) 65 71 73, 
 210 S SHARMA (IND) 72 69 69, T FLEETWOOD (ENG) 70 70 70, R FOX (NZL) 64 74 72, 
 211 R STERNE (RSA) 71 69 71, P WARING (ENG) 70 70 71, M KIEFFER (GER) 70 72 69, A OTAEGUI (ESP) 69 70 72, R RAMSAY (SCO) 69 71 71, R BLAND (ENG) 68 68 75, F ZANOTTI (PAR) 68 73 70, 
 212 G GREEN (MAS) 72 65 75, R FISHER (ENG) 71 69 72, S JAMIESON (SCO) 71 71 70, E MOLINARI (ITA) 69 71 72, 
 213 S HORSFIELD (ENG) 72 68 73, E FERGUSON (SCO) 71 73 69, D LAW (SCO) 70 69 74, 
 214 S SODERBERG (SWE) 71 71 72, J SMITH (ENG) 75 70 69, M LEE (AUS) 68 76 70, 
 215 M SCHNEIDER (GER) 71 68 76, M JORDAN (ENG) 70 73 72, D WHITNELL (ENG) 70 75 70, R LANGASQUE (FRA) 70 72 73, L HERBERT (AUS) 69 72 74, G MIGLIOZZI (ITA) 67 76 72, 
 216 T OLESEN (DEN) 72 73 71, 
 217 O WILSON (ENG) 72 74 71, J LAGERGREN (SWE) 72 71 74, A ROZNER (FRA) 71 77 69, A WU (CHN) 74 71 72, M ARMITAGE (ENG) 74 75 68, 
 218 S NORRIS (RSA) 71 75 72, S CROCKER (USA) 71 74 73, C SYME (SCO) 71 74 73, R MACINTYRE (SCO) 73 72 73, V PEREZ (FRA) 74 74 70, 
 219 R CABRERA BELLO (ESP) 72 74 73, O BEKKER (RSA) 72 72 75, Y PAUL (GER) 73 72 74, E PEPPERELL (ENG) 75 74 70, M PAVON (FRA) 75 72 72, K SAMOOJA (FIN) 75 73 71, Z LOMBARD (RSA) 76 70 73, 
 220 H LI (CHN) 72 74 74, R MANSELL (ENG) 74 74 72, N VON DELLINGSHAUSEN (GER) 74 73 73, H LONG (GER) 75 73 72, N H?JGAARD (DEN) 75 74 71, 
 221 J CAMPILLO (ESP) 72 75 74, C SHINKWIN (ENG) 71 77 73, J WALTERS (RSA) 70 77 74, A ARNAUS (ESP) 75 75 71, A MERONK (POL) 76 73 72, 
 222 J RITCHIE (RSA) 72 74 76, G COETZEE (RSA) 72 77 73, 
 224 W BESSELING (NED) 74 73 77, 
 225 M SOUTHGATE (ENG) 77 70 78, P LARRAZ?BAL (ESP) 80 72 73, 
 227 T PULKKANEN (FIN) 78 72 77,