Sabbatini's No. 1, at least this week

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

• Sabbatini supports Day’s quest to take down Tiger

By DENNIS PASSA
Associated Press

COOLUM, Australia – South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini birdied the 18th hole Saturday to break out of a six-way tie and take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Australian PGA.

Sabbatini’s approach on the water-protected 18th on the Hyatt Regency resort course was just 3 feet from the pin. Playing in the last group of the day, Sabbatini finished with a 5-under 67 for a 14-under 202 total.

“I was happy to break the deadlock. It’ll make it easier tomorrow,” said Sabbatini, who hit a sand wedge downwind from 124 yards to set up the tiebreaking putt.

American Jason Gore had six birdies and an eagle for an 8-under 64 – the best round of the day – to finish in the five-player group a stroke back.

Taking advantage of morning rain that softened the greens, Gore had three birdies and an eagle on Nos. 5-8 to make the turn in 30.

“I got off to a great start,” Gore said. “It helps to do that when you know you’ve got the tough back nine coming up.”

Gore was tied with Australian Adam Bland, who holed out from a bunker on 18 for a 65, first-round leader Michael Sim (65), two-time champion Peter Lonard (68) and New Zealand’s David Smail (67).

Second-round leader Adam Scott had a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 12th when he missed the fairway, then the green. Then his attempted chip up from a hollow came rolling back down to where he hit it.

Scott finished with a 72, including a birdie on the last, that left him in a group of five four strokes off the lead. Defending champion Nick O’Hern (65) was five behind Sabbatini.

On the 395-yard par-4 13th, Gore hit a massive drive, and a lob wedge to 4 feet for his first birdie of the back nine. He made a 2-footer for birdie on 16.

The Californian won the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic in 2005 and finished second at this year’s Buick Open. He shot 59 in a Nationwide event in 2005.

“Those thoughts about another (a 59) came in, but they quickly escaped,” said Gore, who is vacationing in Australia with wife Megan and will play next week’s Australian Open in Sydney.

Little-known Australian Ben Burge, an early starter, took advantage of the morning showers to make the turn in 29, putting him in range of the course record of 63 and perhaps a 59. But Burge, who has won three tournaments on minor Australian tours, bogeyed three of his first six holes on the back nine to finish with a 68.

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the Australian PGA Championship, played Dec. 8 at the par-72, 6,851-yard Hyatt Regency Resort Course in Coolum, Australia:

  1. Rory Sabbatini 68-67-67--202
    -14 2. Jason Gore 70-69-64--203
    -13 2. Adam Bland 68-70-65--203
    -13 2. Michael Sim 65-73-65--203
    -13 2. David Smail 67-69-67--203
    -13 2. Peter Lonard 66-69-68--203
    -13 7. Richard Green 66-74-66--206
    -10 7. Scott Gardiner 70-69-67--206
    -10 7. Steven Conran 70-68-68--206
    -10 7. Cameron Percy 70-66-70--206
    -10 7. Adam Scott 67-67-72--206
    -10 12. Nick O'Hern 70-72-65--207
    -9 12. Stephen Leaney 72-70-65--207
    -9 12. Ryan Moore 73-68-66--207
    -9 12. Scott Laycock 69-67-71--207
    -9 16. Greg Chalmers 72-70-66--208
    -8 16. Michael Long 68-74-66--208
    -8 16. Ryan Haller 70-70-68--208
    -8 19. Craig Scott 71-69-69--209
    -7 19. J.B Holmes 66-73-70--209
    -7 19. Brad Kennedy 70-69-70--209
    -7 19. Michael Brennan 70-68-71--209
    -7 23. Ben Burge 69-73-68--210
    -6 23. Brett Rumford 73-69-68--210
    -6 23. Michael Curtain 70-72-68--210
    -6 23. Peter O'Malley 72-69-69--210
    -6 23. David McKenzie 69-71-70--210
    -6 23. Craig Parry 66-72-72--210
    -6 29. Wayne Grady 74-69-68--211
    -5 29. Wayne Perske 72-71-68--211
    -5 29. David Diaz 69-71-71--211
    -5 29. Nathan Green 71-69-71--211
    -5 33. Terry Pilkadaris 70-74-68--212
    -4 33. Marc Leishman 69-74-69--212
    -4 33. Takuya Taniguchi 73-70-69--212
    -4 33. Robin Hodgetts 74-69-69--212
    -4 33. Lucas Parsons 70-72-70--212
    -4 33. Nick Flanagan 69-72-71--212
    -4 33. Matthew Ballard 75-66-71--212
    -4 33. Marcus Fraser 69-72-71--212
    -4 33. Mahal Pearce 69-72-71--212
    -4 33. Marcus Cain 72-68-72--212
    -4 43. Ewan Porter 68-76-69--213
    -3 43. Anthony Summers 70-74-69--213
    -3 43. Steven Bowditch 69-74-70--213
    -3 43. Vernon Sexton-Finck 68-75-70--213
    -3 43. John Senden 69-72-72--213
    -3 48. Leigh McKechnie 70-74-70--214
    -2 48. James Nitties 72-71-71--214
    -2 48. Scott Adland 72-71-71--214
    -2 48. Gavin Coles 68-73-73--214
    -2 48. Luke Hickmott 71-67-76--214
    -2 53. Josh Carmichael 73-71-71--215
    -1 53. Matthew Millar 71-73-71--215
    -1 53. Andrew Martin 71-72-72--215
    -1 53. David Lutterus 68-74-73--215
    -1 53. Aaron Townsend 68-73-74--215
    -1 58. Andrew Dodt 72-72-72--216
    E 58. Paul Marantz 73-71-72--216
    E 58. Chris Campbell 72-71-73--216
    E 58. Wade Ormsby 73-68-75--216
    E 62. Brad Lamb 72-72-73--217 + 1 62. Lucas Bates 71-72-74--217 + 1 62. Paul Sheehan 72-71-74--217 + 1 62. Jarrod Moseley 71-71-75--217 + 1 66. Matthew Ecob 69-75-74--218 + 2 66. Andrew Tschudin 71-73-74--218 + 2 66. Paul Gow 72-71-75--218 + 2 69. Ricky Schmidt 73-71-75--219 + 3 70. Michael McGrath 68-76-77--221 + 5 70. Aron Price 71-73-77--221 + 5 • • •


    Missed the cut


    72. Scott Sterling 69-76--145 + 1 72. Peter Fowler 75-70--145 + 1 72. Anthony Painter 75-70--145 + 1 72. Jarrod Lyle 72-73--145 + 1 72. Clint Rice 73-72--145 + 1 72. Tatsuhiko Takahashi 71-74--145 + 1 72. Ashley Hall 75-70--145 + 1 72. Hyung-Tae Kim 72-73--145 + 1 80. Sang-Moon Bae 72-74--146 + 2 80. Andrew Bonhomme 73-73--146 + 2 80. Kevin Stadler 76-70--146 + 2 80. Mark Hensby 75-71--146 + 2 80. Brent O'Donoghue 73-73--146 + 2 80. Tom Davis 71-75--146 + 2 80. Brandt Snedeker 74-72--146 + 2 80. Kyung-Nam Kang 70-76--146 + 2 88. Chris Downes 74-73--147 + 3 88. Won Lee 75-72--147 + 3 88. Adam Crawford 75-72--147 + 3 88. Peter Mark Nolan 73-74--147 + 3 88. Ben Bunny 71-76--147 + 3 88. Dean Kinney 71-76--147 + 3 88. Peter Senior 70-77--147 + 3 88. Andrew Tampion 72-75--147 + 3 88. Anthony Brown 72-75--147 + 3 88. Andrew Pitt 75-72--147 + 3 98. Rodney Booth 71-77--148 + 4 98. Paul Donahoo 78-70--148 + 4 98. Brendan Chant 76-72--148 + 4 98. Steven Jones 76-72--148 + 4 98. Toshinori Muto 71-77--148 + 4 98. Mitchell Tasker 73-75--148 + 4 98. Scott Draper 71-77--148 + 4 98. Tristan Lambert 78-70--148 + 4 98. Lee Hunt 76-72--148 + 4 98. Steve Alker 72-76--148 + 4 98. Peter Wilson 70-78--148 + 4 98. Shaun Piper 74-74--148 + 4 110. Heath Reed 73-76--149 + 5 110. Neven Basic 75-74--149 + 5 110. Stuart Appleby 78-71--149 + 5 110. Tigh Van Leeuwen 76-73--149 + 5 110. Aaron Black 76-73--149 + 5 110. Nathan Kent 76-73--149 + 5 110. Eric Egloff 77-72--149 + 5 110. Martin Doyle 77-72--149 + 5 110. Julian Reynolds 71-78--149 + 5 119. Michael Light 79-71--150 + 6 119. Adam Porker 78-72--150 + 6 119. Ben Wharton 77-73--150 + 6 119. Kim Felton 73-77--150 + 6 119. Bradley Iles 72-78--150 + 6 119. Henry Epstein 78-72--150 + 6 125. Euan Walters 76-75--151 + 7 125. Tony McFadyean 78-73--151 + 7 125. Ed Stedman 76-75--151 + 7 125. Tim Wise 77-74--151 + 7 125. Robert Curtis 79-72--151 + 7 125. Kris Barkway 77-74--151 + 7 131. Simon Furneaux 72-80--152 + 8 131. Steven Jeffress 73-79--152 + 8 131. Doug Holloway 78-74--152 + 8 131. Yoshikazu Haku 77-75--152 + 8 131. Alistair Presnell 76-76--152 + 8 131. Darren Kapusi 74-78--152 + 8 137. Chris Gray 74-79--153 + 9 137. Glenn Joyner 80-73--153 + 9 137. Brad Shilton 76-77--153 + 9 140. Murray Lott 74-80--154 + 10 140. Jason Norris 76-78--154 + 10 140. Tatsuhiko Ichihara 78-76--154 + 10 140. Aaron Pike 76-78--154 + 10 144. Michael Wright 75-80--155 + 11 144. Peter Freeland 78-77--155 + 11 144. Paul Spargo 75-80--155 + 11 144. Terry Price 74-81--155 + 11 148. Andrew MKenzie 83-73--156 + 12 148. Darren Spencer 74-82--156 + 12 150. Kurt Barnes 85-72--157 + 13 150. Wayne Rostron 74-83--157 + 13 152. Justin Smith 76-82--158 + 14 152. Shane Baxter 78-80--158 + 14 154. Jens Nilsson 82-77--159 + 15

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