Scott takes lead at Australian Open
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2009 Australian Open | Round Three | 05 Dec 2009
When Adam Scott returned to complete his second round at the Australian Open at the NSW Golf Club this morning he was six shots behind the lead of Stuart Appleby, who had the luxury of a well earned sleep-in on day three. Appleby had battled tough conditions on the opening two days in completing his first 36 holes at 12 under only to look out his hotel window this morning and see calm conditions for those who had still to complete round their second rounds.
When Scott signed for a round of 66 just a few hours later, he had clawed within two shots of Appleby and by the 3rd hole of round three he had drawn level. Appleby’s two dropped shots in his opening three holes would cost him the outright lead and a few holes later he had relinquished the lead totally.
Scott would move ahead for the first time in the tournament when he birdied the 7th to Appleby’s bogey and the Queenslander had opened up a two shot margin. Scott made it three in succession when he added birdies the 8th and 9th and by the turn had established a three shot lead over Appleby with "Nick O’Hern":/players/2820-nick-ohern and Jarrod Lyle three shots further back.
Appleby closed the gap to two with a birdie at the 10th and the two most successful Australians in the US in the 2000’s looked set to battle out the finish of day three and perhaps the tournament.
Appleby is of course a previous winner of this event although given his status in world golf over the last few years he has not won as often as his class suggests he should have. His last win in Australia came at the 2001 Australian Open. Scott on the other hand has yet to win anything in Australia but the lead he was building was making that significant milestone more and more likely.
As Scott, Appleby and their hapless playing partner Scott Hend reached the 12th, Scott led by two over Appleby, O’Hern was five further back with Jarrod Lyle and another two shots back were Richard Green, James Nitties, David Oh and Scott Strange.