Date: June 07, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

Ogilvy on fire

Geoff Ogilvy has shot a nine-under-par 63 to bolt up the leaderboard after the third round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, while three-time champion Tiger Woods has also made his move. After playing his first two rounds of the tournament at two over, Ogilvy roared into contention with a third-round Memorial record score to finish his day at seven under. Ogilvy was in blistering form from the outset, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. In total Ogilvy needed just 24 putts over the 18 holes – a round that included nine birdies. Two shots ahead of the Australian are Americans Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson who lead the field. Bettencourt, who has managed only one top-25 finish on the PGA Tour, shot a four-under-par round of 67 at Muirfield Village Golf Club to move to nine under. Wilson bogeyed the first three holes but recovered impressively from that nightmare start, posting seven birdies and only one bogey for a round of 69. American pair Jonathan Byrd and Jim Furyk are a shot back after rounds of 71. Woods, who is continuing his comeback after knee surgery, made steady progress throughout the day after bogeying the first hole. He birdied the second and fifth and moved to four under with an eagle at the par-five 11th. Two more birdies followed but a bogey at the 17th for a 68 took the gloss off somewhat. That left Woods tied on five under with Matt Kuchar, Michael Letzig and Ernie Els, who carded a one-under 71. First-round leader Luke Donald stayed just about in contention with a level-par 72 – much better than yesterday&aposs 76 but still some way off his stunning 64 on Thursday. That left the Englishman in a tie for 11th with Stewart Cink and Bubba Watson. World No.3 Paul Casey&aposs chances disappeared with a 75, putting him 11 shots off the lead on two over, two better than Ian Poulter. Australian Rod Pampling had a day he would prefer to forget, slipping to equal 21st after a two-over-par 74. Compatriot Jason Day was also disappointing with a 75, finishing the day a further stroke back from Pampling at minus one. Richard Green remains in contention at the Wales Open despite the third round being blighted by heavy rain. Green carded a one-under- par 71 in difficult conditions to sit just two strokes behind the leaders. Scotland&aposs Richie Ramsay continues to battle for the lead late into the night at Celtic Manor – but he ended it still facing the possibility of a two-stroke penalty. After the start of the third round had been delayed for well over six hours before of heavy rain that flooded fairways and bunkers, play went on until almost 9pm. But that was not quite enough time for the last group to finish and when the action was halted halfway leader Ramsay was four under par with two to go and one behind England&aposs Nick Dougherty, Spaniard Ignacio Garrido and little-known Dane Jeppe Huldahl. However, Tour chief referee John Paramor then took the Tour rookie away to study an incident on the eighth hole. Placing of the ball was in operation because of the conditions and Ramsay was questioned over whether he had improved his area of intended swing by pressing down the ground behind where he was going to play his next shot from. At 10.40pm there had still been no decision and the final judgment was put off until just before Ramsay resumed his round at 8.15am. “Obviously it&aposs something Richie is concerned about,” said Paramor. “He says he was just trying to find any casual water, but he now knows that&aposs not the way to go about it.” “If he&aposs absolutely positive he did not improve his area of swing then I can&apost impose a penalty on him based on what I&aposve seen on television, but it&aposs been left with Richie to come back to us in the morning.” Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, joint eighth overnight, fell all the way back to 46th on three over par with a desperately disappointing 78. It took only five holes for things to go wrong for the 45-year-old, chasing his first win in two years – and a first top 10 finish in almost a year. On the short third he came up short and rolled down the bank into the lake and at the 433-yard fifth he went from a fairway bunker into more water by the green. American cup captain Corey Pavin, who had survived the cut with nothing to spare at two over, was two over following a 72. Dougherty made a magnificent recovery from a front nine 40, picking up three birdies and then a closing eagle in the gathering gloom for an inward 30. More downpours are forecast for the final day and Dougherty said: “I prepared as if this was the last round and I&aposm proud of myself because I got into the lead.” “I backed myself, which is something I&aposve not done for a year. I deserved the good results I got and my putter got hot again.” “If you trust yourself there&aposs a good chance it will happen.” Huldahl, who has never had a top 10 finish in 44 events on the circuit, shot a superb three under 68, while Garrido had a level par 71. England&aposs Ross Fisher and Robert Rock, joint second at halfway and Ramsay&aposs playing partners, were both back to two under when play ended. The Memorial Tournament After Round 3 -9: Matt Bettencourt 71 68 68, Mark Wilson 68 70 69 -8: Jonathon Byrd 69 68 71, Jim Furyk 67 70 71 -7: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 72 74 63, Davis Love III 72 68 69 -5: Tiger Woods 69 74 68, Michael Letzig 72 70 69, Matt Kuchar 73 67 71, Ernie Els 70 70 71 -4: Bubba Watson 71 71 70, Luke Donald 64 76 72, Stewart Cink 68 72 72 -3: Hunter Mahan 74 69 70, Troy Matteson 69 73 71, Dustin Johnson 73 68 72, Chris DiMarco 73 67 73, Steve Marino 68 72 73, Ryuji Imada 70 69 74, Mike Weir 69 69 75 Also: -2: Rod Pampling (Australia) 69 71 74 -1: Jason Day (Australia) 67 73 75, E: Robert Allenby (Australia) 72 76 68, Matthew Goggin (Australia) 73 73 70 +2: Marc Leishman (Australia) 74 74 70 +3: John Senden (Australia) 71 74 74 +6: Nick O Hern (Australia) 73 73 76, Stuart Appleby (Australia) 72 74 76 Third Round of the Wales Open Play suspended -5: Nick Dougherty 66 72 70, Ignacio Garrido 68 69 71, Jeppe Huldahl 69 71 68 -4: Simon Dyson 74 65 70, Paul Waring 71 68 70, Richie Ramsay 68 67 +3 -3: Gregory Bourdy 70 70 70, Niclas Fasth 71 68 71, Mark Foster 69 69 72, Richard Green (Australia) 68 71 71, Paul McGinley 68 71 71, Jeev Milkha Singh 69 68 73, Fabrizio Zanotti 67 71 72 -2: Magnus Carlsson 70 69 72, Klas Eriksson 70 72 69, Pablo Larrazabal 67 73 71, Danny Willett 73 66 72, Chris Wood 72 69 70, Ross Fisher 70 66 +4, Robert Rock 68 68 +4 Also: -1: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 69 70 73 +2: Wade Ormsby (Australia) 69 72 74 +4: Michael Curtain (Australia) 71 72 74 +8: Scott Strange (Australia) 72 72 77 +11: Mark Brown (New Zealand) 70 73 81