Sun, Nov 28, 2004 - Page 24 News List

Pampling stumbles but remains on top while down under


Overnight leader Rod Pampling shot a 3-over 74 yesterday, but held on to a one-stroke lead after the third round of the 100th anniversary Australian Open.

Pampling saw his four-shot lead evaporate quickly at The Australian course, site of the first Australian Open in 1904, when he dropped three shots in the first five holes Saturday. He has a three-round total of 5-under 208, one shot clear of Australian Richard Green, who had a 67 yesterday.

Left-hander Green made two chip-ins, putted just 22 times and had five sand saves to pull himself into contention.

Australian Kurt Barnes, the first-round leader with a 65, is in third place after a 72, two strokes back of Pampling.

Australians Paul Gow and 2001 champion Stuart Appleby are three shots back tied for fourth at 211 -- Gow after a 71 and Appleby after a 72.

Colombian Camilo Villegas shot a 69 to move into contention at 212, four strokes off the lead, while Robert Allenby (69), American Bob Estes (70) and defending champion Peter Lonard (71) were in a group of five at 213, five shots off the lead.

Corey Pavin of the US, the 1995 U.S. Open winner, shot 74 Saturday and sits at 6-over 219, 11 shots back of Pampling.

Pampling said scoring became more difficult as the wind and warm weather dried out the greens.

"If I can shoot one under or even par tomorrow [today] that might be enough to win it," Pampling said.

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