Moynihan feeling chipper in South Africa
Gavin Moynihan. Picture © Pat Cashman

Gavin Moynihan. Picture © Pat Cashman

The Island's Gavin Moynihan pointed to his razor-sharp short game after he birdied his last three holes to trail leader Rupert Kaminski  by five shots entering the the final round of the South African Stroke Play Championship.

The Waker Cup star has played six competitive rounds on the South Africa trip so far and chipped in six times. Little wonder he took to Twitter to send a message to short game specialist Shane Lowry after a two under 70 in windy conditions at Port Elizabeth Golf Club left him alone in sixth place on seven under par.


Kaminski erased four bogeys with an eagle, three successive birdies from the seventh and back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18th for a 69 and a one stroke lead over Ugo Coussaud of France (68) on 12-under par 204 with Frenchman Romain Langasque tied or third on 10 under with South African Armand Scholtz (66) thanks to a course record eight-under-par 64.

Naas' Jack Hume (71) and West Waterford's Gary Hurley (72) are tied for 18th on two under with Faithlegg's Robin Dawson (71) tied 22nd on level par.

Stackstown's Richard Bridges, who was eight over par after 27 holes, made six birdies a two under 70 and is now tied for 31st with Cormac Sharvin from Ardglass, who birdied the last three holes for a 75.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy also shot 75 and shares 41st on three over as he battles to rediscover his best form.