GEOFF OGILVY has a coveted Australian Open title almost within his grasp after another accomplished five under par performance in the third round at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.
The Victorian goes into the 2010 final round on 16 under, five strokes ahead of Matt Jones (71), with Greg Chalmers (66) and Alistair Presnell (67) a further shot back in equal third at 10-under.
Starting the round at 11 under, Ogilvy got off the blocks in perfect fashion with a birdie. There were five more to come but a bogey on the last had him fuming.
Ogilvy blocked a five iron short and right on the 191 metre par 3 and after his chip shot was long two putted for a four.
After a quick television interview, Ogilvy literally ran to the practice range to hit a bucket of balls to get the shot “out of his head.”
“It’s never nice to finish like that no matter what you shoot,” Ogilvy said later.
With the likes of former world no.1 Greg Norman and golfing great Jack Nicklaus as former winners of the event, Ogilvy is desperate to finish the job on Sunday and add his name to a high quality list.
“It would be pretty nice. The Australian open in general has a pretty impressive honour role,” Ogilvy said.
“Everyone whose meant anything to golf or played golf in Australian in the last 50 years has won the tournament.”
Ogilvy, who is the last Australian to win a major at the 2006 US Open, said clinching a breakthrough national championship would rank high up there on his list of achievements, which also includes three prestigious World Golf Championship (WGC) events.
“If you sit down right now those WGC tournaments are more valuable for your career but when I’m finished and you look back you’d be prouder of an Australian Open than you would be of a WGC.”
Ogilvy and Jones will tee off in the final group at 12.40pm.
“I’m sure I’ll sleep OK tonight. I’m sure I’ll think about it [winning the Stonehaven Cup] a couple times, that’s only human. But I’ll come out tomorrow and try and play well again.”