John Senden surges to 2011 Open lead

JOHN SENDEN shot a sizzling nine-under 63 to take a one stroke lead into the final day of the 2011 Emirates Australian Open today.

The 2006 Stonehaven Cup winner began the day six shots adrift of overnight leader Tiger Woods but stormed home with consecutive birdies at the 17th and 18th to sit at 12-under for the championship.

His round including a spectacular hole-out for eagle from 102m at the par-four 6th as well as seven birdies.

Jason Day leads the chasing pack at 11-under after celebrating his 24th birthday with a rock-solid 68 that included five birdies and a solitary bogey at the par-three 15th.

Overnight leader Tiger Woods lost three shots in the opening three holes and never really recovered. Woods finished with a three over 75 on 6-under for the tournament but later wouldn’t rule himself out of contention.

Jason Day was happy to be in the final group (tee-off at 12.15pm).

“I’m very happy with the position I am in for tomorrow,” Day said.

Woods is currently in a tie for eighth with countryman Bubba Watson (72) at six-under the card, six shots adrift of Senden.

West Australian Greg Chalmers took advantage of the relatively calm afternoon conditions with a five-under 67 to sit alone in third at 10-under.

Nick O’Hern (66) and Nick Watney (68) are a further shot back, while Queenslander Ryan Haller had a 65 and joins first-round leader Jarrod Lyle (69) in sixth spot.

Aaron Baddeley charged home with four-back-nine birdies to get to five-under for the tournament, alongside pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott and Peter O’Malley, who struggled to a 75 after playing alongside Woods.

2011 Emirates Australian Open Leaderboard

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