Aug 19, 2017: Australian Wade Ormsby rode on a hot putter to sign for the day’s lowest round of six-under-par 66 and grab the outright lead by one shot following the penultimate round of the Fiji International on Saturday. India’s Rahil Gangjee scored two-under-par 70 in third round to tie at T10.
Rahil carded 6 birdies and 4 bogies to finish with two-under-70 in third round, trailing the leader five shots off the pace.
The 37-year-old Ormsby, who claimed his career breakthrough on the Asian Tour in 2013, put himself in prime position for a second title after moving atop the leaderboard with a three-day total of 10-under-par 206 at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.
Starting the round three shots off the pace, Ormsby reeled in four pars before dropping a shot on the fifth. He recovered strongly with four straight birdies from the eighth before adding three more birdies on his way home for a superb back-nine 31.
Australian Jason Norris, who held a share of the overnight lead, carded a 70 to sit in second place while countryman James Marchesani stayed a further shot back in third on 208 at the A$1.5 million (approximately US$1.14 million) event.
Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent carded a second consecutive 68 to trail by three in fourth place alongside Australian duo Peter Wilson (70) and Scott Hend (72). Overnight co-leader Gavin Green of Malaysia returned with a 73 to slip to tied-seventh on 210.
The Fiji International is tri-sanctioned for the first time by the Asian Tour, European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
Did you know?
- Ormsby claimed his breakthrough Asian Tour win at the 2013 Panasonic Open India.
- Ormsby navigated his way around the greens with only 26 putts. He hit a total of nine fairways and missed four greens in regulation.
- Ormsby is a member on all three Tours – Asian Tour, European Tour and the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
- Norris played on the Asian Tour in 2009. He missed three cuts out of 11 starts that season and his best result was a tied-15th place finish at the SAIL Open in India. He returned to the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2015 but did not make the mark.
- Norris, 44, is a three-time winner on his local Tour. His otherwise perfect round of five birdies and 12 pars was marred by a triple-bogey on 16.
- Marchesani’s back-nine 30, highlighted by three closing birdies, is the best nine-hole score in the third round of the Fiji International.
- Norris and Marchesani both amassed 27 putts.
- A total of 11 Australian players are sitting inside top-10 on the leaderboard after round three of the Fiji International.
- Vincent was named the Asian Tour’s rookie of the year in 2016 after he finished the season in 28th place on the Order of Merit, thanks to two top-10 results.