It wasn’t always pretty, but a late rally by world number one Jordan Spieth has kept him in contention, after three rounds, of the Emirates Australian Open.
Spieth made four bogies in a sloppy front side 36 and looked to be fading out of a challenging position heading into Sunday’s final round. “I made a couple of bad swings and a couple of bad decisions,” Spieth said. “Not many pars.”
But the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion stormed back with three birdies and an eagle to shoot 31 on the inward nine. His 4-under par 67 moved him into second place and within three shots of leader Matt Jones of Australia.
Jones Takes Command
Jones was also a bit inconsistent on the front side, combining three birdies and three bogies to go out in even-par 35. But birdies on 14, 17 and 18 saw him home in 33, and his second consecutive 3-under par 68.
“One more to go, and I get to play with the No. 1 player in the world,” Jones said of his final-round pairing with Spieth in the 100th Australian Open. “It will be a lot of fun.”
American Rhein Gibson is alone in third place at 5-under par after shooting 68. First round leader Lincoln Tighe and his Australian countryman Aron Price are tied for 4th place at 4-under. Both players shot one-under par 70’s.
Good Showing for Ogilvy
2006 U’S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy remained on the fringes of contention after a second consecutive 71 left him alone in 6th place with a 54-hole total of 210, 3-under par on the par 71 layout.
A group of 4 players at 1-under par after three rounds included former world number one Adam Scott (68), 2011 British Open Champion Darren Clarke (70) and Australasian Tour regulars Brett Rumford (69) and Todd Sinnott (74).
Only 10 players managed to break par through 54 holes on the tough Australian Golf Club Rosbery course.
Schwartzel Maintains Lead in South Africa
Former Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, is in the lead, after three rounds, of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.
The 31-year old native of Johannesburg shot a 2-under par 70 for a 54-hole total of 203, 13-under par, after rounds of 66 and 67 gave him the 36 hole lead at the Leopard Creek Golf Club.
He’s three shots ahead of a pair of Frenchmen. Sebastien Gros, who had the round of the day on Saturday with a nine-under par 63 and Benjamin Hebert, who shot 68, both sit at 10-under par, 206 through 54 holes.
Dylan Frittelli of South Africa was another shot back after a third round 66.
Pre-tournament favorite Brendan Grace roared back into contention with a 66 in round three, leaving him six shots of the pace in a tie for ninth.