Date: March 19, 2007

Ogilvy slips on back nine

Geoff Ogilvy carded an even-par 70 to be within seven shots of the leader Vaugh Taylor going into the last day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Saturday. Ogilvy was three under through 11 holes before a horror run on the back nine brought him undone. The Aussie bogeyed the last three holes to go to the clubhouse without making inroads on his round two score. Stuart Appleby and Peter Lonard are in a group on three over after rounds of 73 and 74 respectively while Robert Allenby is a shot further back after a 71. Taylor stumbled with two early bogeys, but roared back with five birdies to post a three-under-par 67 in pleasant conditions in Orlando to move to eight under par, two strokes ahead of second-placed Ben Curtis (69), with Vijay Singh (67) and Tom Lehman (69) three behind. Four-time winner and world number one Tiger Woods (70) is also still in contention five shots back in a tie for 10th. It was not a good day for halfway leader Rocco Mediate, who tumbled down the leaderboard with a 76 that left him level with Woods. And Paul Casey, who took the lead with three early birdies, also ended the day five behind after posting a 73. Taylor, a member of last year&aposs American Ryder Cup team, has won just twice on the PGA Tour, both times at the Reno-Tahoe Open, a relatively weak event. However, he believes that will stand him in good stead come Sunday. “This will be a little different atmosphere (but) any time you win a tournament, you learn from it and draw from those experiences,” The 31-year-old said. “I got off to not the best start, but just hung in there and played pretty solid the rest of the day. Conditions were pretty tough. It was a little cooler, the wind was blowing and everything was faster, fairways and greens.” Taylor must overcome his dismal recent record on the Sundays of championships. He may not have dropped a shot on a back nine all year, but his Sunday round average is 74.2. Only three players shot better than 69 on a day when the average score was 72.9 strokes. Results from the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational: -8 VaughnTaylor 64 71 67 -6 Ben Curtis 68 67 69 -5 Vijay Singh 70 68 67, Tom Lehman 67 69 69 -4 Trevor Immelman 66 70 70, Jerry Kelly 67 69 70, Shaun Micheel 67 68 71, Sergio Garcia 66 69 71, John Rollins 69 65 72 -3 Chris Couch 68 70 69, Retief Goosen 69 68 70, Tiger Woods 64 73 70, Bo Van Pelt 67 70 70, Stephen Ames 68 67 72, Also: -1 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 69 70 70 +3 Stuart Appleby (Australia) 70 70 73, Peter Lonard (Australia) 68 71 74 + 4 Robert Allenby (Australia) 70 73 71 +5 Mark Hensby (Australia) 72 69 74 +6 Steve Elkington (Australia) 70 73 73 +7 Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 72 70 75