The putts finally drop for Geoff Ogilvy as he leads Aussie Open going into final round


GEOFF OGILVY has such a sublime, silky smooth swing we wondered as we followed him around Royal Sydney for much of the opening rounds of the 2016 Australian Open why he doesn’t usually score better.

The answer was there for all to see on Saturday in the third round. When his putts drop any score is possible.

Ogilvy reckoned his putts were falling in, instead of lipping out, not just for the first time in a couple of days, but in a couple of years.

The result was an 8-under 64 that saw him go into the final round at 11-under with a two stroke lead over Aaron Baddeley (67), Jordan Spieth (68) and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox (71).

Ogilvy, who won the Stonehaven Cup at The Lakes in 2010, wouldn’t mind, he said, getting his name on the trophy again and join such esteemed multiple winners as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.

“And it’s the Australian Open,” he told his after round media conference.

“It’s our fifth biggest tournament I would say, in the world after the Majors.  The further separated, I think, you get from it, and the more you look back, the more important the Australian Open is. So it’s fun to come back and play.  It really does feel like a big tournament for most of us, I think.” 

The 2006 US Open winner reached No.3 in the world at his peak but has suffered some lean times since.

“It’s been a frustrating period, not through lack of effort,” he said. “Probably it’s been more effort that’s made it harder, you know what I mean? Golf is such a fine line, you try harder and it usually doesn’t work, but then you play worse, so you try harder again.”

He will be joined in the final pairing by another double winner in Baddeley, who had spoken earlier in the tournament  very positively about his rejuvenated career.

2014 Champion Spieth is also lurking on a crowded leaderboard, as is 2009 winner Adam Scott (71) who is tied sixth at 7-under.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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