Moonah Links shows another side on day three

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2005 Australian Open | Round Three | 26 Nov 2005
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While there may have been little difference in the early wind strength between day two and three of the Australian Open, it had now turned to the south and the golf course with which the players had become familiar during the early part of the week at Moonah Links, took on a completely new feel.

Holes such as the par five second which had been an almost automatic birdie earlier in the tournament changed in character completely and the par four sixth became the most difficult hole statistically with many of the field struggling to reach the already long (449 metres) par four.

On the plus side, the par five fourth at 559 metres and the 582 metre last hole have become much easier propositions.

The early starters gave an indication as to the degree of difficulty the course now presented with very few under par. Steven Jeffress eagled the fourth after his fairway wood came to rest three metres from the hole. He briefly moved to two under par for the day but three holes later he was back at even par.

Others moved briefly into the red including New Zealand Eisenhower rep Kevin Chun, who had qualified for the event on Monday and who is considering turning professional. After bogeys at the first three holes he then proceeded to eagle the fourth, birdie the fifth, eighth and tenth holes to be at two under par for the day and two over for the tournament.

Others in the red early were Matthew Ballard from Queensland, whose game has been on an upward curve in recent months, Mathew Goggin who has returned from his successful season on the Nationwide Tour with a USPGA Tour card, local amateur Andrew Tampion, New South Wales golfer Ricky Schmidt and Greg Chalmers, who has also regained his USPGA Tour status this season.

Peter Lonard missed an early chance when a six footer at the first went begging but he birdied the fourth to get his round moving forward. If there was some way Lonard could fashion a round of three or four under then may still be a chance on Sunday. A bogey at the sixth slowed his momentum however.

As midday approached and with over an hour before the final pairing of Robert Allenby and Adam Scott were to tee off already there were victims of what promised to be a much more demanding day.

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