Australian Open Round 3 State of Play Live

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 4.00pm

Adam Scott will take a four shot lead into the final round of the Emirates Australian Open, a birdie on the last setting up a daunting task tomorrow for the second placed Rory McIlroy.

The World No.2 and World No. 8 will play together tomorrow for the second consecutive day, setting up a fitting finale for the end of the PGA Tour of Australasia season.

Scott shot a third round of 4-under 68 to be 16-under for the tournament and leads over McIlroy at 12-under per.    

South Australian Max McCardle continued his dream run to finish in a tie for third alongside Matthew Jones and Richard Green.

Former Australian Open champion Stuart Appleby shot a 5-under 67 to finish in a tie for 6th alongside Rookie Professional Nathan Holman, Scott Arnold and Leigh McKechnie.

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 4.00pm

Rory McIlroy is back on track at the Emirates Australian Open with consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th holes of Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Having slipped down as low as 9-under, McIlory is back to 12-under the card reducing Adam Scott’s lead to three shots.

A further three shots back are Matt Jones and Richard Green who has had a mixed day on course.

South Australian Max McCardle is now playing the 18th and is 3-under for the day to be outright fifth on 8-under the card.

The battle of the Arnold brothers has drawn to a close with Scott taking out this round. He fired a 3-under 69 to be tied 6th on 7-under the card. Jamie experienced more difficulty posting a 2-over 74 to drop down to T27.

Joining Scott Arnold in a tie for 6th is former Australian Open champion Stuart Appleby who fired 5-under today and Rookie Pro Nathan Holman.

Aside from missing the cut at the Perth International Holman hasn’t finished outside the top-25 in nine PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments in 2013.

 

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 2.40pm

 

Adam Scott is now out to a four shot lead mid-way through his third round.

Scott birdied the last three holes of the front nine to take a commanding lead, Richard Green is second at 11-under par.

After an eagle on 7, Matt Jones has bogeyed 9 to sit in third at 1-under par.   

McIlroy has pulled a shot back to be in fourth.

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 2.00pm

It’s been an eventful early afternoon with all players now out on course.

Adam still leads at 12-under while Richard Green is now second at 11-under.

Matt Jones is third at 10-under par, one ahead of South Australia’s Max McCardle who is 4-under through 9 today.

It’s been an eventful start to the round for Rory McIlroy who found the trees off the tee on 2.

He recovered there for par, but found further trouble on 4 and 5 with a bogey and double bogey.

He sits at 8-under in fifth position 4 back from Scott.

A highlight of the last hour was a great eagle from Geoff Ogilvy on 8 who chipped in from the fairway for a 2 on the par-4 8th hole.

It was a great bounce back from a bogey on 7, and was the second eagle on the 8th of the day.

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 1.00pm

Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy have just teed off in Round 3 and have some work ahead of them with the chase well and truly on from within the field.

Both players have birdied their first holes of the day but challengers are standing up all over the leaderboard.  

Matt Jones has birdied the first hole to sit in third with Richard Green, while Rookie Pro Nathan Holman is 4-under through 8 holes and into 6th.

Aaron Baddeley is also making a charge, the Victorian 3-under through 8 holes today.

We’ve got some great crowds out here at Royal Sydney again all ready for the battle of the World No. 2 and World No. 8.

Stay tuned!

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 12.00pm

Four consecutive birdies for Jason Day and he's in the top 5!

Day is 6-under par, six back from Adam, and still has two holes to play in Round 3.

 

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 11.45am

South Australian Amateur Anthony Murdaca has lifted himself into the top 10 with a third round of 6-under 66.

The 2013 Australian Boys' Amateur Champion, Murdaca’s round featured an eagle, five birdies, 11 pars and a bogey, the 18 year old finishing at 5-under the card for the tournament in T10.

Currently the second highest amateur (behind Brady Watt), Murdaca is one of only three amateurs playing in the weekend Emirates Australian Open field.

With two holes to play New Zealand’s Mark Brown is now 7-under today and into T5 for a 6-under total.

Brown is looking for his first title since 2008.

Earlier this year Brown secured a space in The 2013 Open Championship field via the final edition of International Final Qualifying (IFQ) Australasia.

This week, in place of IFQ, the three top players not otherwise exempt into The Open field will be rewarded with a chance to play at Royal Liverpool.

Saturday 30th November 2013, 10.55am

Early conditions are looking perfect at Royal Sydney with some good rounds forming early.

Amateur Anthony Murdaca is continuing his run and is 5-under through 15 and T11.

Murdaca has had the only eagle of the day so far on the par-5 7th hole, which is playing the easiest early on Saturday.

New Zealand’s Mark Brown is also 5-under (through 12) and T11.

World Cup of Golf champion Jason Day is 2-under through 10 holes and now inside the top 30.

Day birdied the first only to have it undone with a bogey on 3 but finished the front nine strong with birdies on 7 and 8.

The next group off the 1st tee will be Cameron Percy and Jason Scrivener.

Saturday 30thNovember 2013, 9.30am

The amateurs are on fire this morning with Anthony Murdaca and Ryan Ruffels the early movers.

Murdaca is 4-under through 10 holes this morning and into T14 while Ruffels is 3-under through 3 holes and also T14.

There’s plenty also going on around the course this morning and if you’re on site stop by the PGA Hitting Bay for a lesson with one of our qualified PGA Professionals.

 

Saturday 30th November 2013, 8.00am

Play is underway in the third round of the Emirates Australian Open with players teeing off in pairs every ten minutes.

It’s a perfect day for golf and we’re expecting a top of 21 degrees today.

There is a chance for a light shower or two this morning with wind speeds sustained at 15 to 20 mph through the morning, decreasing to 12 to 18 mph in the afternoon.

If you're haveing a lazy Saturday don't forget you can catch up on all of yesterday's action on our Emirates Australian Open video page that includes highlights from Friday as well as post-round press conferences.

If you’re heading out to Royal Sydney, there are some great groups to watch (other than the leading groups, of course) including our picks:

10.10am            Peter Lonard and Michael Long

10.40am            Stuart Appleby and Nick O’Hern

11.33am            Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden

The leading group of Adam Scott and Jason Day get underway at 12.50pm.

Click here to view all Round 3 tee times.



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