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

Leave a Reply