posted at 06:50
Author Name: Robert Smith
McIlroy implodes as trio lead Australian Open
Only eight players were under par after 54 holes in the tournament on a challenging day around the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout. McIlroy lost more ground with a double-bogey six at the 10th to drop five shots in two holes and slump to one-over for the tournament. He had further bogeys at the 13th and 16th holes only to finish with a birdie at the last to end his demoralising day. In 54 holes, McIlroy has had 13 birdies, 11 bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey. Scott wrestled with his putter throughout the third round, unable to capitalise on his steady iron play with several makeable putts going astray but unlike McIlroy he stayed in the fight for the lead. "It was a tough day out there but I think I struck the ball very well, solid, it just felt like it was slow going," Scott said. "In these conditions, it's going to take an incredible round just to make sure you're in with a chance the last few holes." Spieth drew level with Rumford and Chalmers with a birdie at the final hole. Pampling played the shot of the day, an eagle at the 10th hole when his iron approach trickled into the pin from 120 metres out on the fairway.

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