Date: February 08, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

All to do for Badds, Goggin

Australian pair Aaron Baddeley and Matthew Goggin are eight strokes adrift of pacesetter John Rollins who climbed into a three-stroke lead at the Buick Invitational after carding a two-under-par 70 in the third round at Torrey Pines. Starting the day in a tie for 17th spot, Baddeley leapt to equal ninth (four-under) after he also carded a 70 comprising of five birdies and three bogeys. Goggin slipped from a share of sixth position courtesy of a rough third-round one-over 73 which included just two birdies and three bogeys. Marc Leishman and Nathan Green are at two-under while Jarrod Lyle and Jason Day are a shot further back at one-under. Rollins (12-under) birdied the second, fourth and sixth holes and traded two birdies and three bogeys on the back nine to move three shots ahead of Camilo Villegas with an overall score of 204. Rollins is bidding for his first title since the 2006 BC Open. Villegas had started with a one-stroke lead but bogeyed No.7 and double-bogeyed No.9 to go out at three-over 39. The Colombian, who won twice on tour last season, appeared to have trouble with rainy and windy conditions early in the day and finished at two-over 74. American Nick Watney sits alone in third place after carding a one-under-par 71 after starting the day in fourth and used a birdie on 17 to jump up a spot. England&aposs Luke Donald (71) and American Paul Goydos (72) sit tied for fourth, six shots off the pace at one-under. American Charles Warren was the big mover of the day, jumping from 32nd to a tie for sixth place with a four-under-par 68. Warren did much of his damage on the back nine, coming in at 33. Lucas Glover carded a three-under-par 69 and Charley Hoffman, who began the day in third place, slumped to a two-over 74 to join Warren at seven shots back. Reigning British Open and PGA champion Padraig Harrington double-bogeyed No.4 and bogeyed No.7 and could not make up the deficit on the back nine, carding a 74 for the second straight day and slipping to 15 shots off the pace. Harrington is playing in his first tournament of the season after having two non-malignant melanomas removed from near his right eye. Phil Mickelson, who has won this event three times, bogeyed three of the first 11 holes and finished with a one-over-par 73 on the day to leave him at one-under for the tournament. Buick Invitational Round Three -12: John Rollins 70 67 70 -9: Camilo Villegas 63 70 74 -7: Nick Watney 69 69 71 -6: Luke Donald 70 69 71, Paul Goydos 72 66 72 -5: Charley Hoffman 71 66 74 -4: Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 66 76 70, J J Henry 70 71 71, George McNeill 71 70 71, Matthew Goggin (Australia) 69 70 73 -3: Ben Crane 69 74 70, Jeff Klauk 71 73 69 -2: JB Holmes 73 70 71, Bill Haas 72 70 72, Marc Leishman (Australia) 74 68 72, Nathan Green (Australia) 70 72 72, Harrison Frazar 69 70 75 Also: -1: Jarrod Lyle (Australia) 71 74 70, Jason Day (Australia) 69 76 70 +1: Aron Price (Australia) 72 72 73, Matt Jones (Australia) 70 73 74 +3: Rod Pampling (Australia) 72 74 73, James Nitties (Australia) 79 67 73, John Senden (Australia) 76 70 73 +4: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 68 74 78