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Geoff Ogilvy storms to lead of Australian Open, equal favouritism

Sun, Nov 20, 9:24am by Jake Equid

Geoff Ogilvy has stormed to the top of the leaderboard after carding a scintillating eight-under-par 64 in the third of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.

The 2006 U.S. Open champion sits alone at the top of the leaderboard at 11-under after the third round, two shots clear of world number five Jordan Spieth who carded a four-under 68 and New Zealander Ryan Fox who shot a one-under 71.

Sportsbet have installed both Ogilvy and 2014 winner, Jordan Spieth as $3.50 favourites to win the oldest and most prestigious event on the PGA tour of Australasia. You can still get $11 for Fox, who is on the fifth line of betting.

Sitting alongside both Spieth and Fox at nine-under the card after three rounds is dual winner of this tournament, Aaron Baddeley. The 35-year-old first won the event as an amateur in 1999 and then went back-to-back after turning professional in 2000. He is at $7 with Sportsbet to make it a hat-trick of Open wins.

At $7.50 we have world number seven, Adam Scott who struggled to get going on Saturday, recovering to shoot a one-under 71 after a horror front nine that included three bogies. He’s only four shots back and cannot be ruled out.

Back to the big-mover of the day and Ogilvy made the most of the favourable early morning conditions to go out in a red-hot six-under 30 courtesy of birdies at the first and second before picking up four consecutive shots from the par-three sixth.

Ogilvy didn’t grab another birdie until the par-five 16th, where he moved into the outright lead. But a stunning approach on the 18th that nearly he nearly holed for eagle allowed Ogilvy to tap in for birdie and sign for the lowest round of the day.

This morning’s big mover was unheralded Australian Jake Higginbottom who capitalised on a morning tee time, shooting six-under-par 66 to be six-under for the tournament.

The 23-year-old from Charlestown opened his account with a birdie on the first hole, before mixing five birdies and an eagle with two bogeys to sign for a 66. He’s at the juicy odds of $81 to cause a massive boilover from four shots back.

Another who is four shots back is the man who led the tournament after two rounds, James Nitties. The 34-year old Melburnian shot a two-over 74 and is now considered at $67 chance with Sportsbet.

Suggested Bet: Jordan Spieth to win $3.50. He’s only two shots back and by his own omission, he’s very to close shooting a really low round.

Sportsbet Market
Spieth, Jordan $3.50
Ogilvy, Geoff $3.50
Baddeley, Aaron $7.00
Scott, Adam $7.50
Fox, Ryan $11.00
Pampling, Rod $15.00
Smith, Cameron $29.00
Scrivener, Jason $41.00
Gibson, Rhein $51.00
Herbert, Lucas $51.00
Cullen, Nick $67.00
Nitties, James $67.00
Higginbottom, Jake $81.00
Allenby, Robert $81.00
Hall, Ashley $151.00
Lee, Min Woo $176.00
Vegas, Jhonattan $201.00
Summers, Anthony $201.00
Smyth, Travis $201.00
Jeffress, Steven $201.00


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