Green stumbles, Scott within two at Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian Open | Round Three | 18 Nov 2006

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It was a day that had started so well with Greg Norman producing some fireworks to bring back memories of yesteryear. Norman was round in 68 despite a bogey at the last and the large crowd who had gathered to witness Norman playing perhaps his last Australian Open were not disappointed.

As Norman was finishing his round, there were other fireworks taking place early in the front nine as many of those nearer the lead were making their moves. Adam Scott birdied three of his first four holes and the pre tournament favouritism he carried into the event as the number four golfer in the world was looking well and truly justified.

Although unable to maintain the momentum Scott finished with 69 and at three under par he is looking very ominous for those ahead especially if the conditions remain good.

Gavin Coles was caught and passed by several before he even teed off but he would have his chance and took it. He reached the turn in three and stood at four under. A bogey at the 10th took his momentum somewhat but he added another birdie at the 12th and although unable to birdie either of the two par fives he is just one behind.

Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby and Richard Green remain in touch at two under and just three back while the struggles Nathan Green suffered in the middle of his back nine have created possibilities for several others as far back as perhaps one over.

John Senden produced the best round of the day, his 67 moving him from obscurity to contention at one under and within four. He had started the day ten back.

Peter Lonard, Aaron Baddeley, Nick O’Hern and Peter O’Malley are just five back of the lead and are certainly not out of it either.

Tomorrow looms as a great day in Australian Open golf.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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