Englishmen share lead

2009-02-21 13:09

Perth - England's Ross McGowan and John Bickerton shared the third-round lead on Saturday at the Johnnie Walker Classic on a day the second-round leaders would like to forget.

McGowan had a seven-under-par 65 and Bickerton shot 66 to have 14-under totals of 202 on the Vines Resort composite course.

They have a two-shot cushion over four players - Raphael Jacquelin of France (66), Felipe Aguilar of Chile (68), Australia's Terry Pilkadaris (68) and New Zealand amateur Danny Lee (69), winner of last year's US Amateur title.

The players who started the day on the leaderboard tumbled badly in 40 Celsius temperatures.

American Anthony Kim, two strokes out of the lead after Friday, had a 9 on the par-5 third and shot 75, moving from a tie for sixth to a tie for 46th. He was joined by second-round co-leader Anthony Kang of the United States, who shot 77, putting the two Korean-Americans nine shots back.

'Hit the ball nicely'

Ireland's Damien McGrane, tied with Kang after the second round, shot 72 on Saturday and was tied for 12th in the tournament sanctioned by the European, Australasian PGA and Asian tours.

The 26-year-old McGowan is looking for his first European Tour win. His previous best result was fifth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2007.

"It's where you want to be," said McGowan. "A good round tomorrow (on Sunday) , and we'll see how it goes.

"I just hit the ball nicely and hit a lot of fairways. Around here if you can do that, the second shots, third shots, aren't too tough."

Camilo Villegas of Colombia and Greg Norman, in his first main, non-senior tournament since finishing third at last year's British Open, both failed to make the cut and had the weekend off. Norman used the tournament to begin his preparation for this year's US Masters.

Leading scores:

202: Ross McGowan (ENG) 70-67-65, John Bickerton (ENG) 66-70-66
204: Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 70-68-66, Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 68-68-68, Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 70-66-68, Danny Lee (am, NZL) 67-68-69
205: Sang-Moon Bae (KOR) 70-70-65, Michael Sim (AUS) 69-69-67, Robert-Jan Derksen (NED) 64-72-69, Hiroyuki Fujita (JPN) 67-68-70, Ignacio Garrido (ESP) 67-68-70
206: Niclas Fasth (SWE) 70-69-67, Gareth Maybin (NIR) 68-70-68, Peter Lawrie (IRL) 67-70-69, Peter Senior (AUS) 70-67-69, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 70-66-70, Damien McGrane (IRL) 66-68-72
207: Lee Westwood (ENG) 66-73-68, Won Joon Lee (AUS) 71-70-66, Taichiro Kiyota (JPN) 68-70-69, David Frost (RSA) 73-64-70, Adam Blyth (AUS) 68-68-71
208: Markus Brier (AUT) 70-68-70, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 71-68-69, Seve Benson (ENG) 70-67-71, Tony Carolan (AUS) 65-72-71, Chris Gaunt (AUS) 68-69-71, Ian Poulter (ENG) 68-69-71, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 65-71-72, Andre Stolz (AUS) 69-67-72
209: Peter Hedblom (SWE) 73-66-70, Scott Laycock (AUS) 68-71-70, Brad Kennedy (AUS) 71-68-70, Nick Dougherty (ENG) 73-66-70, Paul Casey (ENG) 71-68-70, Anthony Wall (ENG) 70-70-69, Craig Parry (AUS) 71-69-69, Tim Wood (AUS) 69-72-68, Colin Montgomerie (SCO) 67-70-72
210: Richard Finch (ENG) 69-70-71, David Smail (NZL) 70-71-69, David McKenzie (AUS) 68-73-69, Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 69-69-72, Alexander Noren (SWE) 68-69-73, Graeme Storm (ENG) 73-64-73
211: Clint Rice (AUS) 67-71-73, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-71-72, Scott Hend (AUS) 68-72-71, Robert Dinwiddie (ENG) 71-70-70, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 70-71-70, Brett Rumford (AUS) 71-70-70, Peter O'Malley (AUS) 73-68-70, Phillip Price (WAL) 68-70-73, Pelle Edberg (SWE) 70-67-74, Anthony Kim (USA) 68-68-75, Anthony Kang (USA) 67-67-77
212: David Howell (ENG) 70-68-74, Magnus A Carlsson (SWE) 71-67-74, Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 72-65-75
213: Alistair Presnell (AUS) 72-68-73, Simon Khan (ENG) 68-73-72, Andrew Coltart (SCO) 72-69-72
214: James Kamte (RSA) 73-67-74, Marcel Siem (GER) 72-69-73
215: Jose Manuel Lara (ESP) 71-70-74
216: Hyung-Sung Kim (KOR) 68-71-77
217: Richie Ramsay (SCO) 68-73-76
218: Darren Beck (AUS) 70-70-78, Michael Long (NZL) 74-67-77
220: Anton Haig (RSA) 69-72-79
222: Benn Barham (ENG) 68-72-82.