O'Hern stumble opens door at Open
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | Round Three | 15 Dec 2007
Queenslanders Andrew Bonhomme and Wayne Perske along with West Australian Kim Felton fell victim to the pressures of Australian Open golf when they made horrible starts to their third rounds at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney today.
All three players were at least five over for the day through six holes and, given the congested nature of the leaderboard, they had dropped up to 30 places from their overnight position.
While they were slipping into obscurity another West Australian and Felton’s co-leader, Nick O’Hern made a fast start to his round with an eagle from 15 feet at the first followed by a birdie from 5 feet at the second.
Challenges were coming from back in the field in the form of Stuart Appleby and Jarrod Lyle and when O’Hern stumbled at the par five 5th with a double bogey, which was today playing into the wind, he was left only one ahead.
19 players are within four shots of the lead as the third round moves towards its halfway stage.