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Fisher turns the screw

Ross Fisher will take a commanding lead into the final round of the Tshwane Open on Sunday after separating himself from the chasing pack.

Fisher was just one shot ahead at the halfway stage but carded a five-under-par 67 on Saturday to finish 18 under par, five shots ahead of Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey.

Simon Dyson and Spain's Carlos del Moral are a shot further back on 12 under, with Ireland's Kevin Phelan in a seven-strong group another stroke adrift.

Fisher got off to a shaky start at Copperleaf with a bogey at the first, but birdied the second and third - both thanks to putts of around 25 feet - before scrambling a par on the fourth after finding a bunker off the tee.

The 33-year-old former Ryder Cup player found more sand on the par-three fifth and missed from four feet for par, but hit back in superb fashion with an approach to the sixth which finished just inches from the hole.

A carbon copy of that shot on the next gave the world number 82 another birdie and he holed from 12 feet on the ninth as well to reach the turn in 33.

Two more excellent iron shots on the 13th and 16th gave Fisher further birdies and put him in pole position for a fifth European Tour title, his last coming in the Irish Open in 2010.