Date: October 19, 2008

WATC Day 3- Australia on brink of top 3

Australia finished the third round in outright fifth at 9-under-par on a day that could have seen them pushing the top 3 Matt Griffin led the charge as the Australians looked to push towards the top of the scoreboard and in sight of Scotland and the United States. Griffin opened with a bogey on The Grange s par-5 first hole but backed up with solid pars on 2, 3 and 4 before a birdie spree coming into the turn. Five birdies in the following six holes had him at 4-under and but a bogey on 11 put him a shot back. Another bogey on 14 left him at 2-under for the day. Captain Stuart Cox said he was pleased the team moved up the leaderboard. We ve improved by three shots which is the first positive. It was fairly tough out here today, the flags were in difficult positions, and again we didn t get as many putts as we d have liked, Cox said. Everyone s going to find it tough on the greens from here. Rohan in particular did well today- he might have only been 1-under par but he made a lot of good saves to get there and Matt was pretty solid too. Rohan Blizard s opening nine holes were a tale of consistency. After a smart birdie on the opening hole, Blizard carded eight straight pars to go into the turn at 1-under. Another birdie was offset by a bogey on 11 but Blizard battled back and found a birdie on the 13th. Five straight pars to finish the day left Blizard at 1-under. It was a tougher start for Tim Stewart who dropped three shots early on in a double bogey-bogey combination on the third and fourth holes but he bounced back to nail a birdie on the fifth. Two further bogeys on 11 and 12 put Stewart back at 4-over but a birdie on 14 made it 3-over. Late bogeys on 15 and 16 left him at 5-over for the day. All three of them are capable of producing a good score at any given time and if they can produce that tomorrow, we could be right in the mix, Cox said. Scoreboard Rohan Blizard 75-70-71 Matthew Griffin 72-71-70 Tim Stewart 76-67-77