SUN CITY, South Africa -- Defending champion Ernie Els shot his second straight 6-under-par 66 Saturday to lead Bernhard Langer by three strokes after three rounds of the Nedbank Challenge.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington had a 61 and was four strokes off the lead. His round was the best ever at the resort, but it is not a course record because players took preferred lies on the wet grounds.
Els birdied the fifth through 10th holes and was at 17-under 199 entering the last round of the $4.06 million tournament, which offers golf's richest first prize -- $2 million.
''I'm very pleased with the way things are going,'' the South African said. ''I feel that my putter is working really well for me, so I was a bit disappointed to finish with a bogey.''
Langer shot a second consecutive 67, leaving the German at 202 in the 12-player field. Canada's Mike Weir (69) and England's Lee Westwood (70) were at 204.
Spain's Sergio Garcia was at 205.
Jim Furyk was disqualified after acknowledging he misplaced a ball, resulting in an incorrect first-round scorecard.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Hale and Steve Irwin carded a 13-under-par 59 to take the lead after the first round of the Office Depot Father-Son Challenge.
The Irwins, who played one stretch of 10 holes at 11 under in the scramble format, led Tom and Eric Weiskopf by two strokes.
Defending champion Raymond Floyd, who has been a member of the winning team in four of the event's six years, and his son Robert share third place at 63 with Larry and Josh Nelson.
To qualify for the 36-hole tournament, the father must have won one of golf's major championships.
PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Pat Perez took another step toward earning his card with a 2-under-par 70 that kept him in the lead with two rounds to go in the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.
Perez was at 20-under 268 and led by one stroke over Shaun Micheel, who had a 67.
Ty Tryon carded a 68, his best round of the tournament. That moved the 17-year-old into a tie for 42nd. After Monday's final round, the top 35 and ties will get full exempt status on the PGA Tour next year.
Robert Gamez, who won twice in 1990 when he was rookie of the year, was tied for fourth at 271, along with Tommy Armour III.
Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG -- Norway's Henrik Bjornstad set a course record with a 10-under-par 61 and led Australia's Adam Scott by a stroke after three rounds of the $700,000 Hong Kong Open.
Bjornstad shot a 7-under 28 on the front nine and was at 17-under 196 entering the final round.
Scott was at 197 after a 66. He had a chance to take a share of the lead but closed with a bogey on the final hole.
Tied for third at 198 were Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal (64) and England's Mark Foster (67).
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