Date: December 15, 2007
Author: Jason Avedissian

Snedeker aiming to spoil Aussie party

Jason Avedissian, Sportal Inspired by the batting exploits of Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds, American golfer Brandt Snedeker is hoping some of their skills rub off when he attempts to win the MFS Australian Open in Sydney on Sunday. The 27-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee, shot a consistent two-under par 70 at The Australian Golf Club on Saturday. It leaves him just three shots off the lead in sixth place on seven-under heading into the final round on Sunday. Snedeker is one of six Americans attempting to disrupt the Australians dominance with Victorians Robert Allenby and James Nitties leading the tournament at 10-under following the third round played in windy conditions. But after watching Ponting and Symonds destroy the New Zealanders in Friday night&aposs one-day cricket international at the Adelaide Oval, Snedeker is hoping he can lift the Stonehaven Cup on Sunday evening. “I was watching Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds bat last night (Friday) and they hit the ball pretty good,” he said. “They are pretty good cricketers and it was enjoyable to watch.” So was the classy Snedeker on Saturday, who at one stage was nine-under for the tournament and threatening to take the lead following a streak of three birdies at the 10th, 12th and 14th holes. But the 2007 US PGA Tour Rookie of the Year was left frustrated with two bogeys over the closing four holes that dropped him back to seven-under. “Hopefully I got all my bogeys out of the way,” Snedeker said following a par at the 18th. “I had a couple of bad wind gusts towards the end of the day.” “The course is playing very tough when the wind picks up but it still gives me a chance tomorrow (Sunday).” “I&aposm going to have to shoot low tomorrow (Sunday), it all depends on which way the wind is blowing.” Fellow American Jason Gore is also still some hope after shooting a four-under 68, leaving him five-under for the event in share of eighth position. The 33-year-old said he was in Australia &aposfor the weather and a good time&apos and remained cautions of talking up his chances on the final day. “I might be a little bit too far back,” Gore said. “But you never know.” “It&aposs a great course, a hard course if you are not paying attention, but very playable.”