Ogilvy extends lead to 5 at Aussie Open
SYDNEY – Australian star Geoff Ogilvy shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to increase his lead to five strokes after the third round of the Australian Open.
Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, had a 16-under 200 total at The Lakes.
Australia’s Matt Jones, a stroke behind Ogilvy after two rounds, was second after a 71. Australians Greg Chalmers (66) and Alistair Presnell (67) were tied for third, six shots behind Ogilvy.
Ogilvy’s lone professional victory Down Under came in the 2008 Australian PGA.
The seven-time PGA Tour winner bogeyed the final hole Saturday, a tough par-3.
“I played so well the past few days, so I guess I can’t complain about that,” Ogilvy said. “I’ve given myself a little bit of room from the field, which is good.”
However, Ogilvy headed to the driving range after his round, upset with himself for pushing a 5-iron right of the 18th green.
“I would not normally rush to the range, but I wanted to get it out of my head straightaway,” Ogilvy said. “Even if you shot 59 and you bogeyed the last, you wouldn’t be happy. I just wanted to hit a few similar-type shots on the range and get it out of the system.”
Greg Norman was 13 strokes back after a 70. He doesn’t like The Lakes’ new, slow undulating greens.
“They’re too slow for me,” Norman said. “I’m a fast-green putter and I can’t get the right line or the speed with them, so you’re always fighting and you’ve got to hit the ball too hard to really get comfortable.
“They’ve got so much undulation, they can’t get them too much quicker. If you got them any quicker, balls would be rolling into the water and balls rolling off the greens.
The 55-year-old Norman said the greens were not fit for an Australian Open.
“It’s a problem if you’re going to have a golf championship here,” Norman said. “For the members, it’s not. For the members, you’re going to have to keep them pretty slow for them or they’d never get around here. But obviously someone’s feeling good with it.”