South African Open

Round up: McIlroy devices can't be inspected; Lawrie cut in South Africa

It was always going to be a long shot that Rory McIlroy and his team would be forced to allow forensic inspection of their mobile devices and so it has proved.

Round up: McIlroy devices can't be inspected; Lawrie cut in South Africa

Phelan hunting big game at Leopard Creek

Kevin PhelanKevin Phelan, pictured during the third round of the US Open at Merion, will play his first European Tour event as a full card holder at Leopard Creek next week. photo: Kenneth E Dennis / kendennisphoto.com/www.golffile.ie

Simon Thornton finished tied 59th behind Denmark’s Morten Ørum Madsen in the South African Open and headed for Leopard Creek where he will be joined by Q-School graduate Kevin Phelan in next week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Thornton slips back as Schwartzel edges clear in South Africa

Simon ThorntonSimon Thornton during round three of the South African Open Championship at the Glendower Golf Club, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: David Lloyd / www.golffile.ie

Simon Thornton slipped to the back of the field as pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel took a one-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open Championship hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.

Irish focussed on course management in Australia and South Africa

Shane Lowry and Graeme McDoowellShane Lowry and Graeme McDowell during a practice round for The Open at Muirfield. Picture: David Lloyd / www.golffile.ie

They might not get to play together at any stage but Graeme McDowell insists his partnership with Shane Lowry comes before individual honours in the $8m ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.

Maybin, McGrane, Harrington and Lawrie will feel the heat in Hong Kong

Gareth Maybin anxiously watches an iron shot during the final round of the SA Open. Picture golffile.ie/Carl Fourie/golfsupport.nlGareth Maybin’s immediate European Tour future will be decided at this week’s Hong Kong Open after he slipped two places to 120th in the money list following the South African Open.

Molinari close to Masters start

Edoardo Molinari is breathing down Pablo Martin's neck entering the final round of the South African Open Championships at Pearl Valley Golf Estates.

While Martin (72) leads by a shot on 11 under par in his bid for back to back European Tour wins just a month after nearly losing his European Tour card,  Molinari is seeking an amazing fifth victory in his last eight starts.

The 28 year old Italian posted a third round 69 and needs only a top nine finish to move into the world's top 50 for the first time.

Murphy makes it happen

Gary Murphy birdied his last two holes to make the cut by a shot in the South African Open.

The Kilkenny man survived with a shot to spare as Spain's Pablo Martin took the halfway lead to remain on track for back to back European Tour wins.

Martin, the only player to win European Tour titles as an amateur and a professional, won the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday.