Date: January 28, 2007
Author: Sportal

O’Hern, Green tied on top

Sportal Australians Richard Green and Nick O&aposHern are joint leaders of the Qatar Masters after three rounds along with South African Retief Goosen. Green could have enjoyed outright leadership of the field had he held his nerve on the final hole, but the Melbournian registered a double bogey and had to be content with a share of the lead. Green, who hasn&apost tasted victory for a decade, was in command as he approached the 18th with a score of three-under par for the day but a wayward drive gave O&aposHern and Goosen the opportunity to rein him in. The trio are now tied at 12-under for the tournament with a cumulative total of 204. Understandably, Green was not impressed with his performance on the final hole. “The wind was out of the right and I always struggle when the wind it out of the right there, especially with a driver in my hand,” Green said. “I was trying to not play that shot, and so maybe focused a little bit too hard on not trying to play that shot and played it.” Goosen emulated Green&aposs effort of 71 for the round as he rebounded after lagging in the middle of the round with three birdies from his last four holes. O&aposHern remained a distinct chance for his first European Tour title as he reeled off five birdies on his way to a round of 69. “On the front nine, it was a bit scrappy, but I got it around and played lovely on the back nine and gave myself plenty of chances for birdies,” O&aposHern said. “You just wait for the putter to get hot. Made a few, missed a few, so it&aposs a pretty good day all in all.” Fellow Australian Peter O&aposMalley remains in contention just three strokes off the pace in equal sixth place after a round of 67, while Stuart Appleby is the next best placed Australian at six-under-par. Third Round of the Qatar Masters (par 72) -12: Richard Green (Australia) 68 65 71, Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 66 69 69, Retief Goosen 65 68 71 -10: Edwards Michaels 68 69 69, Henrik Stenson 68 68 70 -9: Soren Kjeldsen 72 69 66, Paul Lawrie 69 67 71, Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 73 67 67 -8: Ernie Els 69 71 68, Wen-Chong Liang 69 67 72, Andres Romero 70 71 67 -7: Alejandro Canizares 70 69 70, Miguel Angel Jiminez 66 70 73, Graeme McDowell 73 68 68 Also: -6: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 70 69 71, Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 70 70 70 -3: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 71 70 72 -1: Gary Simpson (Australia) 72 69 74, Scott Strange (Australia) 70 71 74 +1: David Brandson (Australia) 70 73 74 +2: Marcus Both (Australia) 71 73 74, Mahal Pearce (New Zealand) 70 73 75