Day looking bright as Woods falters Down Under
After shooting a disappointing third round 75 to relinquish his one-shot lead Down Under, it seems that stories of Tiger Woods’ resurgence were greatly exaggerated.
Woods was as guilty as anyone of building up his return to form after carding seven birdies to move nine under on day two, but he’s been similarly candid when describing his latest performance at The Lakes, admitting that he “played the par-fives awful”.
Woods is 20/1 to claw back the deficit, while Brisbane-born John Senden (15/8 to win) now leads on -12 after a blemish-free round that saw him card a course record 63, including an eagle at the sixth, seven birdies and a stunning 25-foot putt on the 18th.
The 2006-winner heads a leaderboard dominated by Aussies, with Jason Day the new favourite at 13/8 just one shot behind and Greg Chalmers (8/1) one further back on -10.
Day celebrated his 24th birthday with a polished four-under 68, making him the only player in the field to have shot three rounds in the sixties, and it’s this consistency that makes the crowd favourite a solid shout for the title.
Third favourite Nick Watney (8/1), whose 68 put him in with a shout on -9, is now the only non-Australian in the top five and although the American has a PGA win this year at the AT&T National in Washington, it’s worth noting that there has been only one non-native winner of this tournament in the last ten years.