Date: December 08, 2012
Author: Golf Australia

Round 3 Recap: Senden back on top

John Senden is back on top of the leaderboard after Round 3 of The Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes. Wind was a big factor late on Day 3, but Senden managed to shoot a 2-under 70 and will take a 2 shot lead into the final round on Sunday. Here&aposs the recap of Day 3. Senden is now 7-under for the tournament, but Englishman Justin Rose will rue back to back bogeys at the end of his round on 17 and 18, handing Senden a handy buffer on Sunday. Marcus Fraser and Brendan Jones have fallen off the pace after shooting 4-over and 3-over respectively on Saturday. For the full leaderboard after Round 3 check out our Live Scores The Stonehaven Cup contenders… John Senden (7-under) will play with the lead in the final round after recovering from 2 bogeys on the opening two holes to start Round 3. But he birdied the 6th, then eageled the 11th to keep in touch with Rose who was at one stage a clear leader. Senden finished with birdies on the 13th and 14th to take the clubhouse lead. Justin Rose (5-under) had the lead at 7-under at one stage thanks to birdies on the 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th but he dropped shots on the 17th and 18th and has to settle for 2nd at 5-under. Matthew Jones (4-under) shot a 69 today, putting away 5 birdies and an eagle. Had it not been for 4 bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 10th and 15th – Jones could be in the final pairing tomorrow. Kieran Pratt (4-under) was 4-under through 11 holes today before 3 bogeys in his last 7 holes (he did birdie the 13th) saw him finish with a 70 and sits in equal 3rd at 4-under. But it could have been so much better… Peter Senior (4-under) is the wildcard in the Top 5 entering Sunday, shooting a 69 thanks to 5 birdies on the day. This came after a 68 yesterday, so maybe the veteran is just warming up for a title challenge? Stuart Appleby (3-under) was the story from the early starters but despite a 4 birdie day, he finished with bogeys on 15 and 17 to score a 70 and sits in equal 6th. Follow all the scores and latest news on the course or in front of the television by downloading the Official Emirates Australian Open iPhone App here Still a chance… Adam Scott (2-under) has to start with a bang and keep it up tomorrow after another 71 today. What will frustrate Scott is back to back birdies to open, followed by 2 bogeys in three holes and then 3 more birdies and 2 bogeys to close out his last 8 holes. Marcus Fraser (2-under) fell away today, but there is still life in his campaign, while American Kyle Stanley (3-under) is in striking distance after a 70 that featured 5 birdies – including 4 straight from 11-14. Geoff Ogilvy (1-under) had a better day but might be too far back, while Tom Watson will tee off early tomorrow after a 78. Defending champion Greg Chalmers (1-under) showed some signs he could make a late charge today but 6 shots is a lot to make up. Championship Sunday is tomorrow at the 2012 The Emirates Australian Open from The Lakes in Sydney – are you coming down? Round 3 Leaderboard 1st – John Senden -7 2nd – Justin Rose -5 Tied-3rd – Matthew Jones, Peter Senior, Kieran Pratt -4 Tied-6th – Stuart Appleby, Kyle Stanley, Cameron Percy -3 You can join in the conversation about the 2012 Emirates Australian Open via our Social Hub