Date: July 29, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Aussies on tour: PGA, Euro PGA and LPGA Saturday wrap

American Robert Garrigus continued his brilliant week of form at the Canadian Open, as he took a one-shot lead after the third round as Australian Nathan Green finds himself eight strokes off the pace. Garrigus shot four birdies and an eagle – on the par-five fourth hole – to see out a round of six-under 64 and an overall score of 16 under at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario. He leads an all-American top-10 heading into the final 18 holes, with overnight leaders William McGirt and Scott Piercy slipping to second and third respectively. McGirt is now 15 under overall after hitting four-under par on Saturday, while Piercy shot three under to be two shots off the pace. Scott Stallings and Chris Kirk both fired brilliant seven-under 63s – the latter continuing a bogey-free streak that has extended to 45 holes, while also hitting seven birdies in the space of eight holes. Stallings and Kirk are level with Bo Van Pelt on 12 under overall in a tie for fourth. In a four-strong group tied for seventh are JB Holmes and Ryan Palmer, who fired rounds of six under to join Josh Teater and Bud Cauley in the top-10 on 10 under overall. South Africa&aposs Retief Goosen and Fijian Vijay Singh are the best-placed of the non-north Americans, on nine under, with Goosen shooting a seven-under 63 that included seven birdies. They are tied for 11th spot with Americans Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner. Australian Green is next best on eight under in a tie for 15th after he and England&aposs Brian Davis shot five under rounds to be in the hunt for a top-10 finish. Start Appleby (69) is one stroke further back at seven under, one ahead of compatriot Gavin Coles (70), who is level on six-under with South African Tim Clark, who suffered a dramatic fall from grace on Saturday, as he went 10 shots worse than his equal course record on Friday to sign for a two-over 72 to be tied for 25th. In Austria, meanwhile, local hope Bernd Wiesberger fired a superb seven-under 65 on Saturday to win the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg by three shots as the Australian contingent struggled. Wiesberger capitalised on a collapse by Thorbjorn Olesen, who started the final day with a three-shot lead, to seal a superb victory in his home country. The 26-year-old, who won the Ballantine&aposs Championship in South Korea by five shots in April, carded eight birdies in his final round to finish ahead of Irishman Shane Lowry and Frenchman Thomas Levet. Sweden&aposs Rikard Karlberg finished fourth, four shots off the pace, while Olesen had to be content with fifth place after his disastrous final day. Wiesberger began his day with a birdie on the second and although he added another, a bogey meant it was an average front nine for the local favourite. But he charged home on the back nine, shooting six birdies to claim a comfortable victory as he finished with an overall score of 19 under. Lowry finished with a six-under 66 despite two early bogeys, with an eagle on the par-five sixth sparking his round. From that point the Irishman shot six birdies to finish in a tie for second with Levet, who fired a four-under 68. Sweden&aposs Karlberg was consistent throughout the day, carding a two-under 70 while Olesen&aposs round was marred by a terrible finish. After shooting a birdie on the third, the Dane produced three bogeys from his final five holes to finish at 14 under. Scotland&aposs Chris Doak and Frenchman Benjamin Hebert tied for sixth at an overall score of 13 under while the former&aposs compatriot, Scott Jamieson, and Englishman Richard Bland tied for eighth, seven shots off the pace. For the Australians, Brett Rumford was the best performer, closing his tournament with a one-under 71 that saw him finish on five under overall, 19 strokes adrift of the lead. Rumford was one stroke ahead of Wade ormsby, who endured a shocking final round of five-over 77 to slump out of contention at four under for the tournament. Ormsby was still one stroke ahead of David McKenzie (76), who finished on three under overall. At the Evian Masters, InBee Park and Stacy Lewis both birdied the final hole of the third round to share the overall lead in France ahead of Australian Karrie Webb. Lewis, though, started Saturday&aposs round one shot ahead of Park&aposs Korean compatriot Lee Il Hee, but two bogeys and a double-bogey in four holes on the back nine allowed Park to draw level. Park hit three birdies in the first 10 holes but bogeys on the 11th and 14th halted her momentum, before a last-gasp birdie gave her a share of the lead. Australian veteran Webb stormed up the leaderboard to share second place with the USA&aposs Natalie Gulbis and South Korea&aposs Kim Hyo-Joo on 10 under. Webb hit six birdies on the final 12 holes for a five-under 67, rising 14 spots on the leaderboard. Cristie Kerr matched Webb&aposs third-round score to move to nine under overall and outright sixth, while Spain&aposs Carlota Ciganda was the biggest mover, hitting a 66 to take a share of seventh. Ciganda is on eight under with one round to play, alongside Norway&aposs Suzann Pettersen and six others. Meanwhile, Australian Brendan Jones won the Sun Chlorella Classic in Japan by two shots on Sunday. Click for LIVE SCORES