South Australian Wade Ormsby has finished the third round of the ISPS HANDA Vic Open at the top of the leader board at 15-under the card despite turbulent afternoon conditions.
Intermittent wind and rain showered the final groups; however it was Ormsby who was able to maintain his composure to finish on 2-under 70 for the day, with a birdie on the 18th sweetening the round.
“I made a bit of a meal of it straight out of the box,” said Ormsby, who put himself on the back foot early with a double bogey on the second hole.
“It was just tough out there. Warming up we knew it was going to be a really tough day, trying to find a way to keep the ball down.
“I just kept grinding really; that's all we can do in weather like that.
“You're going to hit a lot of bad shots but you need to recover a lot and I did that quite well, so I'm happy.”
Feeling confident ahead of the final round, Ormsby believes the weather will make all the difference on Sunday morning.
“I feel good, I'm pretty relaxed this week,” he continued.
“I had a tough week last week, so I'm trying to enjoy myself a little bit more this week, so I'm doing that so far.
“We'll see what it's like in the morning and I’ll go out there and try my best.”
New South Welshman Matthew Stieger also defied wild, wet and windy conditions at 13th Beach Golf Links to record seven birdies and elevate his tournament total to 13-under.
Playing in the morning field and finishing his third round at 7-under the card before the overnight leaders had even teed off, Stieger played in heavy rain before strong winds took over and still remained bogey-free.
“We got hammered with the rain for about three or four holes there, so it was really good to get through that stretch, but no bogeys today, which is really nice,” said Stieger.
“I just stuck to my game plan out there.
“I sort of had to hit away from a few flags because they were tucked a little bit, but made really good use of the ones that I could go at.
“Coming from St. Michael's, I played a lot of golf in the wind so I actually love these types of conditions.”
England’s Callum Shinkwin also fired 6-under the card in the morning for a total of 13-under, allowing him to join the front-runners at the top of the scoreboard, tied for second place.
Queensland’s Brad Kennedy had an even par third round, finishing at 12-under the card aided by his run of 41 bogey-free holes.
Round two leaders Jason Scrivener and Nick Flanagan struggled through the third round, each posting multiple bogeys to finish at 10-under.
Wind is expected to lessen for Sunday’s final round at the ISPS HANDA Vic Open, where 36 players will tee it up at 13th Beach Golf Links after a third round cut was made at 7-under the card.
The final round of the ISPS HANDA Vic Open will tee off at 8.27am with the leaders; Ormsby, Stieger and Shinkwin on course at 12.35pm.
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