Ogilvy leads Australian Masters

2011-12-17 09:33
Geoff Ogilvy (File)

Melbourne - A rampaging Geoff Ogilvy set his home course alight by shooting a record-equalling 63 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Britain's Ian Poulter heading into the final round of the Australian Masters.

Former U.S. Open champion Ogilvy, a long-time member of the tournament's Victoria Golf Club venue, put on a clinic of iron-play and putting on a windy afternoon as he charged past overnight leader Poulter to move to a 13-under total of 200.

"Obviously, I'm very comfortable out here on this golf course. I've probably played here more than I've played any other course in the world," Ogilvy told reporters.

"It's fun to come back to Melbourne always ... especially to play here."

Britain's hopes of a win Down Under lie firmly on Poulter's shoulders, with world number one Luke Donald eight strokes behind after a third successive day of toil on the greens.

Donald, the joint U.S. PGA and European Tour money list winner, carded a two-under 69 and birdied his last hole to give himself the faintest hope of an unlikely victory on Sunday.

The day belonged firmly to the moustachioed Ogilvy, however, as he tore through the front nine in 29 and tapped in his ninth birdie on the par-five 18th to equal the sandbelt course's record.

Bursting out of the blocks with an eagle and two birdies in his first three holes, Ogilvy threatened to obliterate the mark after reaching eight-under with a 30-metre chip-in for birdie at the par-four 12th, but marred his round with bogeys at 13 and 16.

"All in all, I left a couple out there but I stole a couple, especially on 12, so I'm pretty happy with that," the 34-year-old added.

The Australian stands on the brink of a drought-breaking victory after a frustrating, winless year on the U.S. Tour that was marred by a succession of injuries.

Poulter, who battled food poisoning on Friday, is outright second after carding a two-under 69, with Australians Nathan Green and Ashley Hall in joint third place, two strokes further adrift.

While Poulter managed to shrug off the nausea during his fighting third round, the Briton was unable to master the gusty winds that buffeted Victoria in the afternoon.

"It was awkward. Got off to a great start, two birdies on the first two holes and then the next four holes had four completely different wind directions," said Poulter, dressed in uncharacteristically sober matching whites.

"Hats off to Geoff for going in actually eight-under par in that wind today, that's a great score. When someone posts a course record on Saturday they generally move forward.

"Geoff's done that and I'll be chasing him down tomorrow."


Geoff Ogilvy, Australia    71-66-63—200
Ian Poulter, England    65-68-69—202
Nathan Green, Australia    69-68-67—204
Ashley Hall, Australia    66-70-68—204
Steven Bowditch, Australia    70-69-67—206
Greg Chalmers, Australia    69-70-67—206
Peter Lonard, Australia    67-70-69—206
Kieran Pratt, Australia    67-70-69—206
Matthew Giles, Australia    67-68-71—206
John Senden, Australia    70-70-67—207
Peter Senior, Australia    69-70-68—207
Brent McCullough, Australia    71-66-70—207
David Smail, New Zealand    70-73-65—208
Marcus Fraser, Australia    70-69-69—208
Luke Donald, England    69-70-69—208
Cameron Percy, Australia    70-69-69—208
Jarrod Lyle, Australia    67-71-70—208
Brendan Jones, Australia    69-68-71—208
Luke Hickmott, Australia    70-71-68—209
Brad Kennedy, Australia    71-69-69—209
Nick Cullen, Australia    72-68-69—209
Daniel Beckmann, Australia    73-67-69—209
Peter Fowler, Australia    71-67-71—209
Robert Allenby, Australia    73-70-67—210
Craig Scott, Australia    72-69-69—210
Gareth Paddison, New Zealand    69-71-70—210
Matthew Millar, Australia    77-67-67—211
Adam Crawford, Australia    74-68-69—211
Kurt Barnes, Australia    70-71-70—211
Peter Wilson, Australia    74-67-70—211
James Nitties, Australia    69-70-72—211
Daniel Fox, Australia    74-70-68—212
Steve Collins, Australia    74-70-68—212
Brett Rumford, Australia    71-71-70—212
Stephen Dartnall, Australia    72-70-70—212
Anthony Brown, Australia    74-67-71—212
Leigh Deagan, Australia    74-70-69—213
Rohan Blizard, Australia    70-74-69—213
Alistair Presnell, Australia    72-70-71—213
Marcus Cain, Australia    73-69-71—213
Rod Pampling, Australia    68-73-72—213
Mahal Pearce, New Zealand    67-71-75—213
Michael Hendry, New Zealand    71-72-71—214
Neven Basic, Australia    71-71-72—214
Josh Geary, New Zealand    73-68-73—214
Phil Tataurangi, New Zealand    69-71-74—214
Doug Holloway, New Zealand    71-67-76—214
Josh Younger, Australia    75-69-71—215
Craig Parry, Australia    75-69-71—215
Matteo Manassero, Italy    76-67-72—215
Matthew Griffin, Australia    67-75-73—215
Brad McIntosh, Australia    74-70-72—216
Tim Wood, Australia    73-69-74—216
Andrew Martin, Australia    72-70-74—216
Stephen Leaney, Australia    72-70-74—216
Steve Jones, Australia    71-69-76—216
Brad Shilton, New Zealand    74-70-73—217
a-Matt Stieger, Australia    69-73-75—217
a-Bryden MacPherson, Australia    73-71-74—218
Peter Tomasulo, United States    71-73-74—218
Richard Green, Australia    68-74-76—218
Will Strickler, United States    73-70-76—219
Ben Wharton, Australia    74-70-76—220
Bradley Hughes, Australia    75-69-76—220

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