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On-song Aiken grabs Dunhill lead

THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD: (GB & Ire unless stated)
-18 T Aiken (SA) -17 L Mattiace (US) -14 O Henningsson (Swe), D Lynn, R Rock, R Sterne (SA)-13 JE Morgan, T Mordt (SA)

Thomas Aiken
Aiken's score was the lowest ever for the event

South Africa's Thomas Aiken fired a course-record 11-under-par 61 to lead going into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Home player Aiken carded nine birdies and an eagle to finish on 18 under overall, while American Len Mattiace is one shot back after a third-round 66.

England's David Lynn and Robert Rock are 14 under, while their compatriot John E Morgan is one stroke back.

Lee Westwood of England is eight shots off the pace after a third-round 70.

Little-known 25-year-old Aiken, who broke Trevor Immelman's previous best score of 63 at the Leopard Creek Golf Club, carded eight birdies in his opening 13 holes, before holing a 35-foot putt for birdie on the par-four 17th and a chip for eagle on the par-five 18th.

"It was a fantastic day," he said. "I had a great day on Friday and just came out here today trying to follow that 65 up and try to keep among the pack of the leaders.

"You know, it's this funny old game called golf. You just plod along and all of a sudden, things start to happen and you get the ball rolling, sink a few putts and next thing you know you hit 11 under par.

"I had no idea what the record was. I heard a couple of mutters but nothing confirmed. I hit a good shot off the tee at the last, and I was on the fairway and I had a four iron to the green. Fortunately, I struck it well and that was that."

World number 10 Westwood endured a frustrating round with a bogey on the last seeing him drop back to 10 under overall.

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