Da Silva in Zim Open lead

HARARE - Brazilian golfer Adilson da Silva hopes winning the 2015 Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open will go a long way in repaying the faith shown in him by a tobacco farmer, who brought him to Zimbabwe as 19-year-old.

The 43-year-old shot four-under-par here yesterday to wrestle the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open lead away from Jbe’ Kuger, who had a forgettable third round.

That solid round, coupled with error filled rounds from his rivals, sees da Silva go into the final round of Zimbabwe’s premier golf event with a three shot lead over the chasing pack.

The Brazilian played extensively in Zimbabwe, winning the Amateur Championship in 1992, four years after being brought to the country by Andy Edmondson.

Ironically, Edmondson carried da Silva’s bag here yesterday, giving him advice and moral support.

Da Silva hopes the support from his benefactor will help him convert his third round lead and go all the way to engrave his name on the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open trophy.

“Look I haven’t played here for a couple of years but ja (sic) winning here will mean a lot to me. I spent a lot of time here when I was young. I also have Andy Edmondson here he is caddying for me so it will mean a lot,” da Silva told reporters after his third round.

The Sunshine Tour player, who competed on the Zimbabwean PGA Tour between 1996 and 2003, winning more than 30 titles, was happy with his third round outing.

“I was happy I played well today. There just one or two putts I thought I should have made.  The greens are faster than they look. Ja (sic) a couple of small mistakes two bogeys but at the end of the day I am happy,” he said.

“I feel like I’m playing well. I just have to play it straight and keep it play and give myself a chance.”

Meanwhile, Kruger was left livid with himself after dropping six shots to finish on one-over-par 73 and take his tournament tally to 11-under-par.

Kruger is on a two way tie joined by Zimbabwean-born Dean Burmester, who shot a level par 72 yesterday.

South Africa’s Jacques Blaauw was the biggest mover of the day with his five-under-par 67 the lowest score of the third round.

Going into the final round of the tournament that dangles a price fund of  R1.8 million, Blaauw is tied for fourth on 10-under-par 206, together with JC Ritchie who went four under-par yesterday.

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