Date: October 25, 2014
Author: Tom Fee / Golf WA

Olesen three shots clear at Perth International

ark's Thorbjorn Olesen will take a three stroke lead into the final round of the ISPS Handa Perth International tomorrow at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Olesen's third round 67 sits alongside his opening rounds of 64 and 69 to be 16-under, ahead of second placed Shiwan Kim of South Korea on 13-under.

Olsen's lead was as big as six on the back nine, but the second placed Kim fought back with an eagle on the par-4 14th and sunk a 20 foot putt on 15 for birdie.

An errant drive on 15 compounded things for Olesen, who found trouble in the trees to the right and was forced to chip out on the fairway.

His eventual bogey brought Kim within two strokes with three to play, but Kim would falter on the 18th missing a 3 foot par putt. Kim's bogey may give Olesen a much more comfortable lead into tomorrow, but the Dane admitted he's still on edge into the final round.

"It's been a couple of years since I won, so I'll feel the nerves tomorrow."

I've been in contention in big tournaments and I know how it feels. But it'll be great to get that victory, so it'll definitely be on my mind.

I just want to be out there tomorrow, be aggressive, and have fun."

European Tour regular Richard Green is the best placed of the Australians at 10-under par in a tie for 5th.

A high placing is crucial for Green, as he aims to make the top 60 available golfers who will play in the European Tour's Finals series starting in China next week.

Green is currently 77th in the European Tour standings, and needs to finish 69th or better to have a hope of being in the top 60 available players for next week's event.

WA's Steve Dartnall remains in the top 10, firing a 4-under 68 to sit at 9-under par. Dartnall picked up all four shots on the opening four holes to race up to outright third.

After railing off four straight birdies, Dartnall went even par for the remainder of the round. A deflating bogey on 17 may have put a dampener on the day, but Darnall closed with birdie on the 18th, the tournament's hardest hole this week.