Dartnall holds on at windy Royal Sydney

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian Open | Round Three | 13 Dec 2008

After nine holes of round three at the Australian Open, second round leader, Stephen Dartnall, is holding on to a narrow lead but it was the New Zealander David Smail who had become his nearest challenger.

The tall Kiwi continued on from his strong finish to round two this morning by adding two quick birdies at the opening two holes to join the lead before Dartnall birdied the 8th to move ahead again.

Andre Stolz and Steve Bowditch were the big movers early on day three. Stolz added six birdies in his first 11 holes to move to 10 under at that point and the 2002 Invensys Classic winner on the PGA Tour had moved within two shots of the lead. Another birdie at the 13th had him within one of Dartnall.

Bowditch started his round at 1 under and his proven capacity to go low was highlighted again when he raced to eight under for the day and 9 under for the tournament when he birdied the par four 4th hole (his 13th of the round). Bowditch then dropped shots at his 15th and 16th holes but we are again reminded of his significant potential.

New Zealander Mark Brown made the turn in 1 under but when he added two further birdies at the 10th and 11th he was at 9 under and was perhaps making a case for a New Zealand quinella tomorrow evening.

While some were moving forward, Mathew Goggin was moving in the other direction and when he made the turn in 38 he had fallen to 7 under and five off the lead.

Other potential challengers, Rod Pampling and Peter Lonard, also struggled throughout the early stages of their rounds and their chance of winning the tournament now appears all but gone.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T17 -9 Tim Clark South Africa 70 73 69 67 279
2   ↑T9 -9 Mathew Goggin Australia 65 70 75 69 279
T3   ↓1 -8 David Smail New Zealand 67 68 70 75 280
T3   ↑T5 -8 Robert Allenby Australia 71 67 71 71 280
T3 -8 Stephen Dartnall Australia 65 68 75 72 280
T6   ↓2 -7 Andre Stolz Australia 69 71 66 75 281
T6   ↓T5 -7 Chris Gaunt Australia 70 65 74 72 281
T6   ↑T24 -7 Geoff Ogilvy Australia 72 71 70 68 281
T6   ↑T13 -7 Steven Conran Australia 70 66 75 70 281
10   ↑T33 -6 Richard Green Australia 71 72 71 68 282
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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