Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg gave a clear indication of his intention for a second Barclays Kenya Open victory after a solid round of five under par 66 during the third round of this year’s championship at Muthaiga Golf Club.
Thanks to his string of birdies and one eagle, Soderberg starts the final round on Sunday with a two clear shots lead from hot charging Germany’s Max Schmitt and Philip Mejow.
“I played a solid round today, which was propelled by a mid round eagle at the 10th. “ I actually didn’t think much of him(Max Schmitt), but focused on my round’’ said the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open winner. Should he manage to bag the title, he will be the second player to win the championship both at Karen and Muthaiga Gold Clubs, following the footsteps of England’s Maurice Bembridge in 1968 at Karen and Muthaiga the following year.
Soderberg collected his first birdie at the fourth hole, added one more at the ninth and managed to carry to the back a two under par score for the day. Then came the eagle at the 10th, followed by two birdies at the 12th and 13th . However a bogey at the 16th spoiled what would have been a clean round. His 12 under par 201 lifted him to the top of the leaderboard, with Mejow and Schmitt tying for the second place on 10 under par 203.
Schmitt did not have a good day at all and was lucky to hold onto his 10 under par, after a host of bogeys for the day. Mejow however played a clean seven under par 64 a round which had a total of seven birdies. Four others tied on 8 under par 205 and they included day one leader Max Orrin who shot 69 for the day, Chile’s Nico Geyger on 68, Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli who fired 2 under par 69 and Sweden’s Simon Forsstrom on 1 under par. It was however a tough outing for the remaining two Kenyan players Riz Charania and Mohit Mediratta who shot 74 and 79 and were laying in 68th and 70th.
The final battle for the big prize of 80,000 Euro gets underway at 7am with the last team of Soderberg and his two German partners teeing off at 11.10am.