Geoff Ogilvy is firmly on course to win the Australian Open after extending his lead over the rest of the field to five shots after today’s third round.
The former US Open champion shot a five-under-par 67 at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney to move on to a three-day total of 16-under-par 300 at the event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australia and OneAsia Tour.
Fellow Australian Matt Jones is second on 11 under for the tournament after carding a one-under-par 71 while a further shot back are Greg Chalmers (66) and Alistair Presnell (67) in a share of third.
John Senden, who won the tournament four years ago, is tied third following a 70 with Matthew Griffin (72).
Overnight leader Ogilvy is chasing only his second win in Australia and made the ideal start to his round with a birdie on the first before going on to add two further gains before the turn.
The 33-year-old then picked up three birdies over his next four holes before finishing with the only bogey of his round on the 18th.
“It’s never nice to finish like that no matter what you shoot,” said Ogilvy. “I feel I played well and made the most of the day.
“The Australian Open in general has a pretty impressive honour roll...so it would be a nice one to get.”