Date: June 21, 2009
Author: PA Sport and Sportal

Ogilvy, Scott falter

Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott have faltered in the early stages of the third round of the US Open at Bethpage Black, which has been affected by heavy rain. Ogilvy had earlier bounced back from his opening round of three-over-par 73 to shoot a scintillating three-under-par 67 and bolt up the leaderboard in difficult conditions on the New York course. Ogilvy shot a bogey-free round which included birdies on the fifth, seventh and 17th holes to move up to compatriot Scott in a tie for 17th. Scott in contrast, had a more challenging morning on the course, carding a one-over-par 71 which included four birdies and five bogeys. But both Australians have dropped two shots in the opening stages of the third round before rain halted play. Fellow Australian Michael Sim fared better in his early attempts at the third round, completing six holes at one under par, to move to even overall. In more disappointing news for Australian hopes, Steve Allen (73), Robert Allenby (71) and Rod Pampling (72) missed the cut at six over while James Nitties, Stuart Appleby and New Zealanders David Smail and Douglas Batty also finished their tournament early in the New York rain. Lee Westwood defied the rain and a bad draw to climb into the top 10 as PGA Tour rookie Ricky Barnes took the one-shot halfway lead and Tiger Woods made the cut. There was less luck for a sizeable section of the European contingent as Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey and Luke Donald were among those sent packing with the cut line established at four over par. Westwood, starting the day at two over par, shot a four-under-par 66 for his second round in the worst conditions of the day as rain poured constantly through the afternoon on Long Island. He joins fellow Englishman Ross Fisher at two under par for the tournament, six shots back on Barnes who earlier in the day carded a five-under-par second-round 65 in the best of the conditions playing back-to-back rounds yesterday and this morning. “I just went out with the idea of trying to be in front on my side of the draw,” Westwood said. “I&aposve managed to do that so I&aposm delighted.” Barnes, the 2002 US Amateur champion who earned his tour card this year after six years as a professional, leads at eight under, his 132 the lowest 36-hole total in US Open history. It puts him one ahead of Friday leader Lucas Glover, who posted a six-under-par 64, and another shot in front of first-round leader Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion from Canada who added a 70 to his opening 64. Those three were set to get the third round way in a group of three with the lower half of the leaderboard playing from the 10th. Barnes, 28, had begun the day in second place at five under and carded three more birdies on a course that yielded just one under par total, that of Woods, when the US Open was first staged there in 2002. “It&aposs pretty cool,” Barnes said. “At the beginning of the week you didn&apost think that score was out there.” “With some tees moved up and the soft greens helped it out. And my ball-striking was the most probably impressive part of the first 36 holes. I just got 31 of 36 greens. Pretty stress-free, I think one bogey.” “But also if you would have told me I would have been eight under and only a one-shot lead, I would have said, &aposYou&aposre kidding me&apos, but I&aposll take it. It was solid play. And I&aposm happy with in the position I&aposm at.” With the halfway cut determined by the low 60 scorers and ties, defending champion Woods found himself on the line at four over par after eight holes of his second round but three birdies and just one bogey over his next six holes gave him the luxury of a bogey at the last to finish at three over. With the rain reaching Long Island, the leaderboard remained dominated by Barnes&apos initially late-starting side of the draw. In addition to the top three, Japan&aposs Azuma Yano shot a 65 to get to three under alongside former Open champion David Duval, who added a 70 to his opening 67, and Peter Hanson of Sweden, who finished with a 71. Fisher shot a two-under 68 to take a share of seventh place at two under with Westwood, American amateur Nick Taylor, following a 65, with former Open champion Todd Hamilton and Sean O&aposHair at two under. World number two Phil Mickelson carded a 70 to get to one under par with fellow Americans Gary Woodland and Steve Stricker, who both shot 66s. Westwood birdied his first three holes to get to one under before two bogeys saw him stall. A birdie at his 13th hole sent him to level par, where Northern Ireland&aposs Graeme McDowell was after 16 holes, one over for the day. McDowell and US amateur Drew Weaver had led the half of the draw which started the tournament on Thursday with their opening 69s having played in much tougher conditions over the first two days. Their half of the draw, also including the reigning major champions Woods, Harrington and Angel Cabrera, began their second rounds today expecting a much tougher time of it with heavy rain closing in. Oliver Wilson recorded his second consecutive round of 70 to reach level par, as did Sergio Garcia, while Adam Scott got there with a 71. Northern Ireland&aposs Rory McIlroy shot a 70 to get to two over early on but Ian Poulter fell back to four over with a 74 in the rain. Playing with Woods, Open and US PGA champion Harrington started at six over finished at 12 over after a round of 76 that included two birdies, six bogeys and a closing double bogey. Donald bogeyed the 16th to send him to five over with a 71 but Players champion Henrik Stenson survived a back-nine 37 for a 70 that got him to three over. Scotland&aposs Martin Laird finished at five over after a 71 but Casey had a nightmare day, five bogeys sending him to 10 over after consecutive 75s. Justin Rose finished at eight over following a 75, with Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland shooting a 76 to fall to 10 over and South Africa&aposs Ernie Els finishing with a 77 to complete a miserable week at 15 over par. US Open Round 3 Play suspended -8: Ricky Barnes 67 65 -7: Lucas Glover 69 64 -6: Mike Weir 64 70 -3: David Duval 67 70, Peter Hanson 66 71, Azuma Yano 72 65 -2: Lee Westwood 72 66, Ross Fisher 70 68, Todd Hamilton 67 71, Sean O Hair 69 69, Nick Taylor 73 65 -1: Oliver Wilson 70 70 (-1, 4 holes), Hunter Mahan 72 68 (-1, 3), Phil Mickelson 69 70 (E, 1), Steve Stricker 73 66 (E, 1), Gary Woodland 73 66 (E, 1) E: Michael Sim (Australia) 71 70 (-1, 6), Retief Goosen 73 68 (-1, 5), Soren Hansen 70 71 (-1, 5), Stephen Ames 74 66 (E, 3), Sergio Garcia 70 70 (E, 3), Ryan Moore 70 69 (1, 2) Also: +2: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 73 67 (2, 4), Adam Scott (Australia) 69 71 (2, 3)