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Ogilvy Enjoys Home Cooking at Australian Masters
Geoff Ogilvy got red-hot Saturday at Victoria Golf Club. The 2006 U.S. Open champion fired a record-setting, 8-under 63 on the course where he grew up to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Australian Masters.
After an eagle two on the short, par-4 opener at the Alister MacKenzie-designed Victoria course, Ogilvy reeled off nine birdies and three bogeys en route to totaling 13-under 200 and edging out Ian Poulter - the leader through the first two rounds - atop the scoreboard.
Poulter carded a 69 to slip to second at 11-under, while two shots further back are Australians Nathan Green (67) and Ashley Hall (68).
Following the eagle, Ogilvy carded two straight birdies before dropping a shot on the par-4 fifth. Three birdies on his final four holes took him to 6-under at the turn. He added four more birdies on the inward half, but two bogeys negated a potentially epic round.
Ogilvy was well aware that he could have gone lower. "I think I left a few shots out there weirdly enough, but I think I stole a couple as well, so it all balances out," he said.
He's happy being back on familiar turf. "To start eagle, birdie, birdie you're usually going to have a pretty good day after you do that which is a bonus," Ogilvy said. "Playing a thousand rounds on this course I've probably only made three or four twos on the first, or maybe five, but not many, so to start a round like that was pretty good.
"After that every time I had a wedge in my hands on the fairway I hit it pretty close."
Poulter is still in good position to win, but understands that Ogilvy has the home-field advantage. "Hats off to Geoff for going out and scoring 8-under-par in that wind today, it's a great score," the Englishman said.
"When someone posts a course record on you on Saturday, then generally they move forward. Geoff's done that and I'll be chasing him down tomorrow."
No. 1-ranked Luke Donald posted a 69 and is at 5-under 208 through 54 holes.
For all the scores, visit http://www.pga.org.au/scores/717.