Date: September 20, 2009
Author: Sportal and PA Sport

Green still in contention

Australian Richard Green shot a solid third round to remain in the hunt at the Austrian Open. Green mixed four birdies with two bogeys on his way to a two-under-par 69, leaving him in outright third place at 13-under, four shots behind England&aposs Benn Barham. Brett Rumford climbed six places to a share of fifth place after his three-under-par 68 took him to 10-under overall. Chris Gaunt failed to keep up with the leaders as he dropped down to 15th with a disappointing 72. Terry Pilkadaris pulled himself off the foot of the leaderboard with a solid 69 to move up to four-under-par and a tie for 44th. Barham carded a four-under-par round of 67 to secure a three-shot lead going into the final round in Vienna. Barham, who had also topped the leaderboard after the first two rounds, wobbled on the seventh with a double bogey but recovered strongly and managed six birdies to take himself to a 17-under total. Denmark&aposs Soren Hansen is his closest rival three shots back. Victory for Barham would secure his card on the European Tour for a fourth consecutive year and he said: “It was the way you want to play every week: hit fairways, hit greens and hole a few putts.” “We all want that and if you could bottle these feelings and shots you would be onto something. It makes you wonder sometimes what you have been doing the last seven months. But you learn and it makes you stronger.” Ryder Cup player Hansen, who also went round in 65, is targeting Barham. Hopefully I can go out tomorrow and produce the same sort of golf. There is the potential for a low score out there and I will have to go out and play very good golf,” he said. 3RD Round of the Austrian Open -17: Benn Barham 63 66 67 -14: Soren Hansen 67 67 65 -13: Richard Green (Australia) 65 66 69 -12: Louis Oosthuizen 69 67 65 -10: Richard Bland 68 70 65, Brett Rumford (Australia) 64 71 68 -9: Markus Brier 68 67 69, Rafael Cabrera-Bello 71 67 66, Scott Drummond 64 68 72, David Drysdale 69 68 67, Pelle Edberg 68 65 71, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 65 70 69, David Howell 69 69 66, Pablo Martin 66 68 70 -8: Seve Benson 69 68 68, Matthew Cort 68 68 69, Chris Gaunt (Australia) 66 67 72, David Horsey 67 67 71, Michael Lorenzo-Vera 66 69 70, Damien McGrane 71 67 67, Simon Wakefield 68 70 67 Also: -4: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 71 69 69