There is a three way tie at the top of the Australian Open, as Rory McIlroy wrecks his round.
Brett Rumford, Jordan Spieth and Greg Chalmers share the lead after the third round of the Australian Open, at -5 under par, on the tough Australian Golf Club Sydney course.
Tied is second place at -4 under par are local duo Adam Scott and Rod Pampling. who both carded third rounds of -2 under par 69.
Adam spoke about the tough conditions;
“It really came up around the turn and blew hard on the back nine.”
“It’s really tough with the way it’s blowing; you are trying to stay as stable as you can. It’s certainly presented a pretty tough challenge this week.”
Rory McIlroy had a train-wreck of a third round, carding a triple-bogey on the ninth hole and a double-bogey on 10, he finished with a +5 over par 76, and six strokes from the lead, tied for 14th place. There is really no hope hope of a miraculous come back for Rory, this season is probably one tournament to many in what has been a great year for him.
Rory has almost conceded defeat;
“It was a tough day obviously, the wind was up. I was doing okay, steady enough, until I got to the ninth.”
“I hit a wayward tee-shot into what I thought was a decent enough lie that I could advance the ball. But I didn’t realise what I was standing on is not like dirt or earth. It was more like carpet.”
“So the ball went underneath the carpet. Had it been a normal surface it would have been alright, but down there it was impossible.”
“So that added up to a seven. Then I did what I did last week in Dubai (when he double-bogied two holes in succession during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship) and compounded that error with another just about as bad. I got a huge flier with a wedge.”
“The ball pitched at 160-yards into the wind which is ridiculous. Over the last few holes I was just trying to hang on really.”
“I need a fast start tomorrow to have a chance, it depends too on what the guys ahead of me do. I need some help.”
“But the greens have been firmer every day. So a low score is higher than it was. I still feel like I can shoot a good one. I just don’t know if that will be enough.”
“I’ll be trying my best. It’s the last round of the season so it would be nice to make it a good one.
On a tough Australian Golf Club course and its swirling, unpredictable winds, only eight players managed the third round with under par scores.