JOHANNESBURG - Playing in his first World Golf Championship, South Africa’s Haydn Porteous carded a third round 74 to remain well-placed at Sheshan International Shanghai, China, on Saturday.
It was always going to be difficult to replicate the same kind of scoring the 23-year-old produced in the first round when he signed for a six-under 66. Two consecutive 74s have followed for a two-under total, but Porteous is still inside the top-30 in a share of 29th. American Dustin Johnson (68 63 68) has opened up a five-shot lead on 17-under going into the fourth round.
With the chance to move up and earn a sizeable paycheck in the elite event, Porteous said he was making the most of the opportunity.
“I wasn't in [the tournament] until a week, two weeks ago. When I came out here, the plan was to expect nothing and take everything - just go out there and free it up, and a few putts went in [in the first round].
“I found a really good golf swing for the week, and hopefully I can carry on with the same sort of form.”
Porteous is already a two-time winner on the European Tour, with his second victory coming this season at the Czech Masters in September. His breakthrough triumph came at the Joburg Open in 2016.
Branden Grace is on one-under in 33rd place, with Charl Schwartzel a further stroke behind on level par. Richard Sterne is 66th on five-over.
In second last position in 76th place is another young SA golfing prodigy Brandon Stone. Also a two-time winner on the European Tour, the 24-year-old carded a nightmare 15-over 87 in the second round. Remarkably, Stone rebounded in the third round to shoot four-under 68 - 19 shots better than his previous round.