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Ormsby up, Green down in Morocco

WADE Ormsby is two off the lead at the Trophee Hassan II tournament while 36-hole leader Richard Green has slumped with a bad third round.

WADE Ormsby has played his way into contention at the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II tournament while joint 36-hole leader Richard Green fell back with a horror third round.

Ormsby posted one of his best 2014 finishes at this event and proved his liking for the course with a 4-under 68 to move within two shots of the lead.

Scots Richie Ramsay and Andrew McArthur and France's Romain Wattel share the lead at 7-under ahead of a group of seven players at minus six.

Ormsby made a steady start to his third round with one birdie and one bogey to make the turn at even par but he lit up the back nine with four birdies including three in a row from the 14th.

It was a different story for reigning Victorian Open champion Richard Green who suffered the indignity of a quadruple bogey seven at the par-3 second hole and followed with a double at the fifth.

After making the turn 6-over for the day the left-hander did well to get back on track with four back nine birdies though another double at the 18th left a sour taste in the mouth.

His eventual 4-over 76 dropped him to a share of 30th and likely cost him any chance of winning his fourth European Tour title.

Scott Hend had the most bizarre round of the day posting a front nine of 9-over-which featured not a single par.

The 43-year-old European Tour rookie opened with a bogey and followed with one triple, three doubles, two bogies and two birdies.

A less adventurous back nine saw Hend finish with a 12-over 84 and drop to last place on the leader board.

Jason Scrivener was the other Australian in the field but failed to make the 36-hole cut.

 

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