Senden carries 2 stroke lead into 2012 Aussie Open final round

THE WIND wasn’t delighting any competitors on the third day of the 2012 Emirates Australian Open but John Senden managed best to take a two stroke lead into the final day.

Firm putting surfaces at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney weren’t helping either but Senden, who also led after the first round, carded a 2-under 70 to separate himself from Justin Rose.

It must have been beneficial being tall and lanky because the Englishman also shot a 70 to finish alone in second on 5-under.

In third place was the evergreen Peter Senior (69) on 4-under along with Kieran Pratt (70) and Matthew Jones (69).

Senden said he got off to a “sluggish start” with two bogeys but then a birdie on  6 and especially an eagle on 11 really got his round going.

“The last two holes were almost on the edge [of playability because of the wind and dry conditions],” he said.

Senden finished runner-up to Greg Chalmers last year and wasn’t taking anything for granted.

“Winning the national open is always a dream but there is a long way to go,” he said.

2012 Emirates Australian Open Leaderboard
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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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