Published: Wed, November 23, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Ogilvy leads Australian Open by 2 shots after round 3

At Royal Sydney yesterday, he prevailed after a gutsy three-under 69 for a 276 total and a three-way play-off with Australians Ashley Hall and Cameron Smith which he won with a 12-foot birdie putt.

Meanwhile, Geoff Ogilvy double-bogeyed the 16th himself to fall out of position to win, leaving Hall and Smith to fend off Spieth for the Aussie cause.

Jordan Spieth - the American superstar lived up to his billing to win the Stonehaven Cup for the second time.

Luck was drawn to play alongside Spieth after a stellar season in which he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, the Asia-Pacific Championship and the professional West Australian Open.

Ogilvy made the most of the favourable early morning conditions to go out in a red-hot 6-under 30 courtesy of birdies at the first, second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth holes. "We thought I had a chance past year on 18 and didn't hit a great putt and this time I had that same chance with a very similar putt in a playoff and capitalised".

"I've been in a bit of a stall hitting the shots when they mattered", Speith said.

"That's annoying because they count just the same as all the good shots, so it is a little frustrating but I'm trying not to let it bother me too much". "And I haven't gone anywhere even if overseas travel is trimmed out we still like coming here and plan to [in 2017], it's just I certainly can't say yes or no right this second".

Fox - who has full status on the European Tour for 2017 - will play alongside Nitties in Saturday's final group and is looking to become the first New Zealander to win the Australian Open.

Adam Scott would have had a share of fifth with Rod Pampling (70) a further shot back had he not missed a birdie putt from two feet at the last, but the former world number one will still fancy his chances of making up four shots on Sunday.

It was his lack of touch with the putter that bothered the twice major champion most.

"I feel like I wasted three or four short ones over two days", he said.

New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox has finished the Australian Open tied for fourth, two strokes behind the American victor Jordan Spieth. "It's amusing because I made a lot of nice putts today, yet I missed a couple of short ones". If he's there you know he's not going to go away come Sunday. I played a solid last nine holes. It just felt like I went out trying to just take advantage of each hole when I sit on the tee box and it did wonders for me going forward.

"So, I think at some point they're going to start going in".

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