Date: November 06, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Ogilvy finds best form in Vegas

Geoff Ogilvy roared into contention for his first US PGA Tour win since 2014 with a brilliant finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas today.

The 39-year-old Melburnian, who has activated a career-money exemption to keep his playing rights this year, played a magnificent back nine for a 66 at TPC Summerlin and moved within two shots of the lead through three rounds.

The 2006 US Open champion took birdie at four consecutive holes  between the 14th and 17th, then had another great opportunity at the 18th that burned the hole.

He has not won in America since the Barracuta Championship in August, 2014. "I haven't made everything, but I've hit a few good putts so I'm feeling pretty good about it,'' he told Golf Channel after his round.

A bunch of Australians are in with a chance, including Queenslander Rod Pampling who began the third round with a one-shot lead. Although he struggled to an even-par 71, Pampling is still 14-under par and just a shot from the lead. Lucas Glover of the United States leads at 15-under par.

Fellow-Queenslander Cameron Smith also moved into contention with a 68 to be 11-under-par overall, along with New South Welshman Matt Jones who chipped in at the 18th for a 69.