Matt Saulez and Malcolm Mitchell combined for one-under-par 141 to move into the top three in the third round of the 46th Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade in Argentina on Saturday.
Joey Savoie and Josh Walen carded respective rounds of 68 and 70 for a third round 138 to keep Canada on track for a third victory in the 22nd edition of the International Team Competition. The Canadian pair pushed their overall total to four-under-par 422.
Brazilians Herik Machado and Daniel Ishii posted 139 to remain in second, two off the pace, but the South African pair leapfrogged Argentina to move into third place on 435.
Saulez didn’t make a very promising start, but the Durban Country Club player caught fire just before the turn at Los Lagartos Country Club and racked up five birdies and an eagle at the par-five 15th to finish in red numbers.
“It was definitely a much better day on the course for both of us,” said Saulez.
“I had a very up-and-down start with bogeys at one, five and six and a double at seven. I was five over through eight holes, but I managed to pull it back to one-under playing the last 10 holes in six under. Hopefully I can carry the momentum through into Sunday’s final round.”
Mitchell from Kloof offset a trio of bogeys with birdies at two, sixth and 13 for an even-par 71.
“I feel like I’m started to settle into my own skin again,” said Mitchell, a two-time winner at home this season. “It took a while to adjust, but I am starting to feel a lot more confident. Matt and I are both starting to feel more relaxed and at home here in Pilar and we both feel that we could go low in the final round to put some pressure on the two teams ahead of us.”
Home course advantage definitely has its benefits.
Argentina’s Federico Shin maintained his lead in the championship with the low round of the tournament on Saturday. Shin fired birdies at two, six, 16 and 18 and eagled the par-five 15th for a flawless six-under-par 65.
TEAM SCORES ROUND 3
422 Canada 142 142 138
424 Brazil 139 146 139
435 South Africa 147 147 141
436 Argentina 141 147 148
443 Ecuador 149 154 140; Colombia 148 148 147
447 Spain 145 151 151
449 Chile 149 152 148
452 Uruguay 150 151 151
455 Peru 155 149 151; Paraguay 148 156 151
456 Venezuela 149 158 149
470 Panama 153 156 161
Article by: Lali Stander