Date: January 14, 2007
Author: Sportal

Allenby slips off pace

Sportal Robert Allenby is five shots off the pace after shooting a disappointing even-par 70 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. After a scintillating four-under 66 in the second round, Allenby couldn&apost maintain his pressure on the leaders and now faces an up-hill battle going into the final day. After birding the ninth to go one-under for the round Allenby bogeyed the fourth and fifth and just managed to avoid a positive score by birdying the 18th. Charles Howell III fired a five-under 65 to stake his claim at the top of the leaderboard. Luke Donald now sits alone in second spot just one shot off the pace with Paul Goydos a further stroke back. Howell III held his nerve hitting seven birdies for the round while Goydos and Donald could only manage rounds of 69 and even-par 70 respectively. John Senden is the only other Aussie still in contention in a tie for 12th, seven shots off the lead at the conclusion of the third round after finishing the day with a 68. Leaderboard at the Sony Open, Hawaii -13: Charles Howell III -12: Luke Donald -11: Paul Goydos -9: Ted Purdy, Steve Stricker -8: Paul Azinger, Jim Furyk -7: Tadd Fujikawa, Craig Kanada, K.J Choi, Robert Allenby (Australia) -6: Bart Bryant, John Senden (Australia), Jesper Parnevik, Ryuji Imada 68, -5: Stephen Marino, Bo Van Pelt, Jeff Maggert, Trevor Immleman, Jason Dufner Also: -4: Andrew Buckle (Australia) -3: Gavin Coles (Australia) -2: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia), Nathan Green (Australia), Rod Pampling (Australia) E: Jarrod Lyle (Australia) +1: Matthew Goggin (Australia)