Date: November 16, 2008

Ormsby on track

Wade Ormsby has recovered from a disastrous second round to post a brilliant seven-under-par 64 and remain on track for his European Tour card. The Australian, playing on the PGA Golf de Catalunya&aposs Red Course in Spain, started his third round with birdies on his opening three holes before storming home with five further birdies on the closing nine holes. His only blemish for the day came at the par-four fourth hole. Ormsby, who started the day in a share of 43rd spot after a poor three-over 75 in his second round, rocketed up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth place at nine-under at the halfway mark of the 108-hole European Tour Qualifying School marathon. Compatriot Tony Carolan is five shots behind at four-under after posting a round of 70, while Matthew Millar (69) and Anthony Summers (69) are at three-under. They&aposre all out to catch Sweden&aposs Oskar Henningsson, who produced a third successive stunning finish to maintain a three-shot advantage over the rest of the field. Henningsson, also playing on the Red Course, birdied his closing three holes to end the round at 17-under, ahead of Englishman Danny Willett, who emerged as a serious contender for his card after a rampaging eight-under 63 saw him finish at 14-under. “What can I say? It&aposs pretty much the same story as the first two days. This has to be some of the best golf I&aposve ever played in my career – I certainly can&apost remember another time like it,” Henningsson said after his round. “We&aposve only played half the tournament, but obviously I&aposve given myself a great chance of winning the tournament, which would get me a good European Tour card for this season.” Norway&aposs Eirik Tage Johansen is in third position on 12-under, with young Austrian Bernd Weisberger moving into fourth spot on 10-under. There are just 18 holes left to play before the qualifying school&aposs final cut, when the top 70 players (plus ties) will battle it out for the 30 available European Tour cards. With the cut mark set at around four-over, Steven Jeffress (two-under), Michael Curtain (par), New Zealand&aposs Gareth Paddison (one-over) and Andrew Tampion (two-over) should be safe, barring a disaster in the fourth round. Jarrod Moseley, however, won&apost see any further action after a third-round 80 ended a horror week for the West Australian in a tie for 142nd. Third Round of the European Tour School -17: Oskar Henningsson 66 66 65 -14: Danny Willett 70 67 63 -12: Eirik Tage Johansen 69 66 67 -10: Bernd Wiesberger 71 67 66 -9: Carlos Del Moral 72 67 66, Branden Grace 66 69 70, Wade Ormsby (Australia) 66 75 64 -8: Jonathan Caldwell 67 70 69, David Drysdale 68 71 67, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 69 69 68, Dennis Kupper 69 68 69, Ake Nilsson 71 67 68, Marco Ruiz 66 75 65, Inder Van Weerelt 66 71 69 -7: Andrew Coltart 71 69 67, Joakim Haeggman 70 67 70, Stuart Manley 67 73 67, Ben Mason 70 72 65, Michael McGeady 69 69 69, Michele Reale 69 72 66, Johan Wahlqvist 69 67 71, Chris Wood 72 66 69 Also: -4: Tony Carolan (Australia) 67 73 70 -3: Matthew Millar (Australia) 74 69 69, Anthony Summers (Australia) 71 71 69 -2: Steven Jeffress (Australia) 72 67 73 E:, Michael Curtain (Australia) 67 77 71 +1: Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 70 73 73 +2: Andrew Tampion (Australia) 78 73 66 +15: Jarrod Moseley (Australia) 75 75 80