Date: November 09, 2008

Ogilvy second in Shanghai

Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy hit a two-under-par third round to be one stroke behind leader Oliver Wilson at the rain-affected HSBC Champions on Sunday. Ogilvy, who had began his third round at the disrupted event on Saturday evening, followed up his second round 65 with a third round 70 in windy conditions in Shanghai. Wilson put himself in contention for his maiden career title after carding a third-round three-under-par 69 to open up a one stroke-lead on Ogilvy. After carding a seven-under-par second round on Saturday, Ogilvy played two holes of his third round on Saturday night and in the fading light dropped a shot to slip back to eight-under. But after reaching the turn one-over, the Aussie picked up three shots on the back nine to sit at 11-under after 54 holes. “I&aposve played very nicely this morning. I had a rough start last night as I bogeyed the first and got a par at the second, which felt like two bogeys, and it was a frustrating way to end yesterday,” said Ogilvy. “Today I finally made a birdie at 11, then had an up-and-down back nine but ended up having quite a few birdies with a couple of bogeys.” Adam Scott is in a share of sixth position four strokes off the lead on eight-under while Andrew Bonhomme is the next-best Australian on minus three. 28-year-old Wilson began the second round a shot adrift of Ryder Cup regulars Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson but while the experienced duo managed level-par rounds of 72 to fall back into third place, Wilson carded just one bogey at a bright Sheshan International Golf Club to sit at the top of the leaderboard at 12-under-par. World No.2 and defending champion Phil Mickelson shares third place with Garcia and Stenson after signing for a second consecutive two-under-par 70. After Friday&aposs play was washed out, the field will begin their fourth rounds on Sunday but will return on Monday morning to decide the winner of the $US 5 million ($AU 7,436,000) season-opening showpiece – dubbed Asia&aposs major. Wilson is playing at the Champions event courtesy of his Order of Merit ranking after finishing runner-up four times in 2008 which includes losing a play-off to Miguel Angel Jimenez at The BMW PGA Championship. “I am very pleased with the position I am in, any time you lead it is the best position you can be in. I am happy to be there, I am playing very nicely, very solid and hopefully that can continue,” said Wilson. “It was a tough day, definitely the toughest day we&aposve had so far. It was cold this morning and some of the longer par fours played into the wind so they were tough and also the pin positions were pretty tough as well.” Stenson fell down the leaderboard after reaching the turn two-over-par before making amends on the way home with two birdies, while Garcia had moved two clear of Mickelson, Wilson and Ogilvy at the turn before dropping two shots on the way home. A win for the Spaniard on Monday would see world No.3 Garcia overtake Mickelson in the world rankings.