Moving day was just that at the Australian Masters. South African Tim Clark, the overnight leader, moved in the wrong direction – downwards. Clark blew his overnight lead in dramatic fashion, with a disastrous 4-over round of 76 to drop down to 3-under in a share for 21st.
In contrast, Robert Allenby shot a memorable 5-under-par round of 66 to surge into the joint lead alongside Michael Sim at 10-under 206 for the tournament.
One behind the leader when he approached the 7th hole par 5, Allenby catapulted into the lead with a sensational albatross. Allenby was hoping his second shot on that hole, a 223m three wood, would at least make the green. It did that and more, when the ball rolled into the hole for an unlikely two and delighting the large gallery. Allenby described the shot as â€œperfect”. â€œIt was about as pure as it looked,” he said.
â€œThe wind was just off the right, I knew I didn’t have to smash it, I knew I just needed to hit it solid.” An irony about Allenby being tied for the lead with youngster, Michael Sim, is that in 2004 Allenby put up Sim and some other Australian golfers, who were competing in the Eisenhower Cup, at his Florida home. â€œI organised for them to come to my house and play a bit of golf. I took them out on one of my boats. We hung out for a few days. I tried to relax them and tried to get them in good shape for the Eisenhower Cup”, Allenby said.
Sim’s round certainly had its own highlights with an eagle at 14 and immediately followed by a birdie at 15.
US PGA Tour player, Rod Pampling, remains in contention at T4 after shooting a 2 under par 70 today, setting the scene for an enthralling final round.
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