The Sigona round of Safari Tour is set for a tense finish tomorrow after overnight leader Edwin Mudanyi today received unwelcome company of David Wakhu and Eric Ooko for a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.
Just like in yesterday’s round, Mudanyi today maintained a middle-of-the-road approach carding level par 72 to throw the chasing pack a glimpse of hope. A blistering two under par 34 round on the front nine highlighted by two birdies on number four and six, was dampened by a two over par 38 on the back nine in a round in which the Vetlab player picked three bogeys.
“I lost focus on the back nine largely due to worsening weather in the early afternoon and slow play. My plan today was to play aggressively though the course was playing very tough. I look forward to a very exciting round tomorrow,” said Mudanyi.
It was another assured performance for Wakhu as he reclaimed leadership, albeit joint, having been toppled by Mudanyi on day two. The Golf Park player carded two under par 70 in a round that saw him sink three straight birdies on number six, seven and eight for a total birdie count of five for the day, after a similar return on number two and 11.
“I am happy to be back in contention. I am playing through a lot of pain as I am currently carrying an injury on the left heel. This is causing me to struggle a lot especially off the tee,” said Wakhu, who has just recovered from a Golfer’s Elbow injury.
Wakhu’s compatriot Ooko seems to be finding form at the right time after shooting two under par 70 comprising of two birdies and two bogeys on each side. With such momentum heading in to the final round, Ooko will be a man to watch.
Dismas Indiza dropped three shots off the pace after a two over par 74 round saw him drop one place down for a T4 where he is joined by Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi, Brian Njoroge and Railway’s Samuel Njoroge. A spell of three back to back bogeys on number 14, 15 and 16 may come back to haunt him tomorrow as the title might be won on the narrowest of margins.
Interestingly, all the players in the top 10 stand a realistic chance of winning the trophy tomorrow with only four shots separating the leader from the 10th placed player.
Leaderboard after Day 3
Edwin Mudanyi -2
David Wakhu -2
Eric Ooko -2
Dismas Indiza +1
Robson Chinhoi +1
Brian Njoroge +1
Samuel Njoroge +2
Justus Madoya +2
Jacob Okello +2
Simon Ngige +2