Wayward South African stays one ahead South African Retief Goosen scrambled to a one-under-par 71 in the third round of the Volkswagen Masters-China to retain his overnight one-shot edge over Michael Campbell of New Zealand yesterday. Goosen, the world's fifth-ranked player, failed to find his rhythm at Jinghua Golf Club, producing a mixed bag of four birdies and three bogeys for a three-day total of 14-under-par 202. However, reigning US Open champion Campbell also struggled to a 71, carding bogeys on 15 and 17 with some wayward shots to stay second in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event. In contrast, Australians David Bransdon and Adam Blyth played their way into the title frame with impressive rounds of 66 and 68 respectively for a share of third place, three off the lead, while compatriot Gary Simpson carded a 72 for fifth spot on 206. China's Zhang Lianwei kept his slender hopes alive of winning the tournament in front of his adoring fans after a 70 and he will enter today's final round five off the pace alongside American Ron Won. Goosen wasn't at all happy with the way he played. 'It was terrible,' conceded Goosen. 'I didn't hit the ball well today, especially with my irons. I need to play a lot better if I want to win it tomorrow.' Goosen started nicely with a birdie on the third hole but successive bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes set the tone for the rest of his round. He battled gamely to produce easy birdies on 10, 11 and 16 but carded a third bogey on the par-three 17th after a hooked tee shot found the greenside trap. 'I kept pulling my irons left. I tried everything that I could think off but it didn't want to go straight. Michael struggled towards the end which gave me a bit of a chance. One shot is nothing really. I need to keep an eye on him and put in a good score,' said Goosen. After turning in even par with two birdies against as many bogeys, Campbell cruised into the lead after knocking in birdies on 11, 13 and 14. But he missed a two-footer for par on 15 and then had to hole a gutsy six-foot putt for bogey on 17 to stay within sight of Goosen. 'I think we both put the handbrakes on. We played terribly and Gary Simpson didn't do too well either. We just got into the same mode and brought everybody down. It was one of those days,' said Campbell. 'No one got on a roll. Maybe I had a bit of a momentum going on the back nine but I missed a short putt at 15 and hit a terrible second shot on the par five and made a lucky par there. It was a mixed bag of good shots and bad shots. Retief played equally badly and we've brought a lot of other players in with a chance of winning tomorrow.' If the tournament's two favourites were struggling, Bransdon was on fire. He charged into contention with an outward 30, thanks to a sizzling run where he birdied the fifth and sixth from 15 and 25 feet, drained another 15-footer for eagle on the seventh and pulled off a lucky birdie on the ninth despite an errant drive that landed on the first fairway. 'I'm not expecting to win as they are top-20 players in the world,' said Bransdon, who is playing in Asia again this year after a brief appearance in the late-1990s. Zhang was disappointed he didn't put himself closer to Goosen. He worked his way to three under for the day but dropped a costly bogey on 15 after missing the green. 'I need to work harder if I want to win the title, I'm five behind but I think there is only a little chance of me upsetting the leaders,' he said.