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Garrick Porteous Ties for Lead with Nienaber and Levy in Abu Dhabi Challenge

Garrick Porteous

Garrick Porteous, Wilco Nienaber, and Alexander Levy are poised for a thrilling finale at the Abu Dhabi Challenge, holding a one-stroke lead as they head into the final round at the picturesque Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting, and Golf Club.

With stellar performances, Englishman Porteous and Frenchman Levy surged to the top of the leaderboard with impressive six-under-par rounds of 64, reaching a total score of 17 under par.

Not far behind, South African Nienaber joined them at the summit after carding a solid four-under 66.

Reflecting on his performance, Porteous, who calls the UAE home, attributed his success to his improved approach play throughout the tournament.

“My approach play has been a lot better this week than it has been,” he remarked.

“I’ve been making the most of my opportunities that have been presented to me.”

The accessible nature of the golf course, coupled with precise second shots, proved to be advantageous for Porteous.

“It’s quite an accessible golf course and generous off the tee, so you’ve got to be very dialled in with your second shots,” he explained.

“I did it really well yesterday, I think I had five or six that were pretty much stiff, and then I had a couple today. It always makes life easier.”

Meanwhile, overnight leader Nienaber, who set a course record with a scintillating ten-under-par second round of 60, expressed satisfaction with his solid performance in round three.

Despite missing a few birdie putts, Nienaber maintained composure and acknowledged the importance of his steady play.

“I definitely left a few out there today but I didn’t make any bogeys and overall, I played very solid,” he stated.

With the final round looming, Nienaber remained optimistic about his chances, eager to capitalize on more opportunities.

“I’m excited for the final round tomorrow,” he exclaimed. “I know I could have gone lower today and I’m looking to convert some more of those chances in round four.”

As the tension builds, the leading trio finds themselves just one shot ahead of a chasing pack, including Dane Nicolai Kristensen, Ireland’s Conor Purcell, and South African Oliver Bekker, all sharing fourth place at 16 under par.

With the stage set for an enthralling conclusion, the final round promises excitement and drama as Porteous, Nienaber, and Levy, set to tee off in the final group at 9:30 am, vie for the coveted title.

Round four kicks off at 7:30 am local time, setting the stage for a captivating finish to the Abu Dhabi Challenge.