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Ormsby chasing Australia's 3rd Hong Kong Open in four years

(Photo: Bruce Young)
South Australia’s Wade Ormsby has yet to win on the European Tour but in tomorrow’s final round of the Hong Kong Open he has a great opportunity to do just that and if he was able to do so then he would become third Australian to win the event in the last four years.

Ormsby moved within one of the leader, S.S. P. Chawrasia, with his third round of 65 and he shares second position Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Ormsby is playing his first tournament since finishing 5th in Valderrama a month ago and is delighted to be playing as well as he is.

“It's nice to have a strong day out there,” said the 37 year old. “I made a few putts early to keep it going and played pretty solid through the middle there.  Didn't quite hit it close enough at the end but all in all a good day.

“This is my first tournament in month and sometimes after four weeks, you can be a bit rusty.  Had a bit of practise yesterday afternoon and got the ball striking more where I wanted it.  Hit some better shots today which resulted in a good score. I’ll just try and go and play my own game tomorrow.”

Ormsby has won only one event as a professional when winning Panasonic India Open in 2013 but he has been twice runner-up in European Tour events in New Zealand and Australia, losing a playoff to Greg Chalmers at the 2014 Australian PGA Championship.

His bogey free round yesterday moved him from a share of 7th to the position he now holds and he faces one of the most important rounds of his life tomorrow as he chases such a significant title and the €333,000 first prize.

A win would also move Ormsby to around 120th in the World Ranking from his current 317th further highlighting just what a signficant day Championship Sunday in Hong Kong could be.

Defending champion and Ormsby’s fellow Australian Sam Brazel also made good progress on day three when he recorded a round of 66 to move 19 places to a share of 19th.

Scott Barr is 42nd, Terry Pilkadaris 60th and 2014 champion Scott Hend 67th.  

WADE ORMSBY PLAYS FIRST MAJOR

 

 

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