Norman's heroics ignite day three crowds
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian Open | Round Three | 18 Nov 2006
A third round of four under 68 by Greg Norman has set Royal Sydney abuzz at the MFS Australian Open. In perfect conditions Norman rekindled memories of yesteryear as he moved to five under par through 14 holes before a late stumble at the last.
A holed second at the par four 12th from 114 yards, brought the greatest reaction from the crowd, almost rivalling the reaction to Norman’s holed putt at the 18th hole last evening. He immediately birdied the par five 13th and had moved to five under for the day and three over for the tournament.
You could almost see the smile on tournament organiser Paul McNamee’s face from the 14th tee as the huge crowd swelled further and by the time he reached the tee at the last the full length of the 18th was fully lined with spectators at least two deep.
A pulled tee shot at the last led to a dropped shot but irrespective of whatever happens to Norman tomorrow he has more than done his part for the tournament.
As Norman was finishing his round others were just beginning and as the Green pairing of Nathan and Richard left the first tee at 6 and 4 under respectively there were now eight players at one under and closing. Steve Bowditch, Adam Scott, Jarrod Lyle, Brett Rumford, Andrew Martin and Geoff Ogilvy all birdied holes early in their rounds and had moved to 1 under to join Stuart Appleby and Gavin Coles from overnight.
The scoring reflected the much improved conditions and with the breeze gentler and coming from the opposite direction from the first two days, there were plenty of birdies available for the taking.
Photo – Anthony Powter