What you need to know:
- Madoya who seems to get along well with the tight course, played a bogey free front nine which included a birdie at the seventh, then eagled the 15th after making birdies at the 12th , 14th 16th and 17th with a home green birdie putt lipping over
- It was an awful day for Chinhoi who bogeyed the second, a double at the par five- seventh, and another bogey at the ninth against only two birdies at the first and fourth
- The fourth and final round tees off 8.20am followed by a subsidiary event for the amateurs
In Entebbe, Uganda
On-form Justus Madoya regained the leadership of the 2021 Tusker Malt Uganda Open tournament after a brilliant round of five under par 66, going into the final round of the prestigious event at the par 71 Entebbe Golf Club.
Playing with the two leading Zimbabwean pros Robson Chinhoi and Visitor Mapwanya, Madoya who seems to get along well with the tight course, played a bogey free front nine which included a birdie at the seventh, then eagled the 15th after making birdies at the 12th , 14th 16th and 17th with a home green birdie putt lipping over, to finish with a par and his brilliant round which saw him jump to the top with a three rounds total of 14 under par 199.
“My game has changed a lot and now I am able to avoid the draws I use to hit while a new Ping Putter which I got a couple of weeks ago, has also made me improve my putting." said Madoya who will now be leading the last flight of Dismas Indiza and Chinhoi in the final round on Saturday.
“I love playing here and looks like history is repeating itself as last time I played here and won the Entebbe Open, I was playing with Dismas Indiza,’’ added Madoya who is five shots clear ahead of Indiza.
Meanwhile, it was an awful day for Chinhoi who bogeyed the second, a double at the par five- seventh, and another bogey at the ninth against only two birdies at the first and fourth.
He played the back nine rather conservatively, picking pars all the way to 15th where he made an easy birdie but threw that away at the stroke index one-17th where he dropped a shot. Thereafter, he missed a birdie at the 18th to close the day on two over par 73 to drop to third place with a total of eight under par 205, just a shot behind Indiza who three putted the 10th, 16th and 17th having also dropped a shot at the fourth.
“I made few bad putts today particularly at the back nine, and I am happy that I was able to move closer to the top,’’ said Indiza who birdied the first three holes in the opening nine, then birdied the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th and closed the back nine and the day in style by picking up a five-footer eagle at the 18th for his 66 and a total of nine under par 204.
Ronald Rugumayo was the best Ugandan on seven under par 206 also after a 66 for the day. He is tying fourth with Zimbabwe’s Visitor Mapwanya who shot one under par 70 for the day to also finish on 206.
The fourth and final round of the Ugsh 100 million event where the winner will take home Ugsh 22.5 million tees off 8.20am followed by a subsidiary event for the amateurs.
Justus Madoya(Ken) 65, 68, 66= 199
Dismas Indiza (Ken) 69, 69, 66= 204
Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 68, 64, 73= 205
Ronald Rugumayo 72, 68, 66= 206
Visitor Mapwanya (Zim) 67, 69, 70= 207
Deo Akope 72, 68, 71= 211
Philip Kasozi 69, 70, 72= 211
Joshua Seale 74, 67, 71= 212
Willy Kitata 74, 69, 70= 213