O'Hern shares Tennessee lead

Sunday, 10 June 2012
Nick O'Hern
Nick O'Hern

Australian Nick O'Hern shares the lead at the St Jude Classic with Davis Love III and John Merrick after Saturday's third round in Tennessee.

O'Hern carded his second-consecutive round of three under to move up from 11th overall to the top of the leaderboard.

The 40-year-old left-hander scored nine-straight pars in the first half of his third round before four birdies, including three in a row, launched him up the leaderboard.

Love III carded his third-straight two-under round for the tournament to join O'Hern at six under overall, while Merrick birdied the 16th and 17th holes to also share the tournament lead.

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy had an inconsistent day at TPC Southwind, hitting four birdies and six bogeys to drop to a tie for fourth, a shot behind the leading trio.

The world No.2 from Northern Ireland is joined by five other players on five under.

The USA's Dustin Johnson and Robert Allenby of Australia carded the best scores on Saturday of that group with three-under 67s.

Kevin Kisner, Chad Campbell and Kevin Stadler are the other players on five under.

But Fredrick Jacobson of Sweden and American Roberto Castro were the best performers in the third round, both scoring 66.

Jacobson and Castro are part of a group of nine players tied for 11th, three shots behind the leaders.

It's been a rough tournament for the other Australians with Gavin Coles, Steven Bowditch and Stuart Appleby all struggling on three-over.

Mathew Goggin is a stroke further adrift on four-over.


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