Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chris Wood takes up the running in Oman Open

Chris Wood turned in 33 to open up a one-shot lead on day three of the inaugural NBO Oman Open.
The Englishman began the day at Al Mouj Golf three shots behind overnight leader Matthieu Pavon after making his first cut of the season but three birdies on the front nine moved him to 11 under and the top of the leaderboard.
Adrian Otaegui was at ten under with one hole left to play, a shot clear of Andrew Johnston, Alexander Levy, Joost Luiten and Matthew Southgate.
Englishman Southgate showed his intent early with some impressive putting giving him a share of the lead after just two holes.
The 29 year old holed a slippery 18-footer on the first to get within one and when he hit a beautiful approach into eight feet on the second, he was 11 under.
France's Pavon had to hole a tricky putt of his own from the fringe on the first after sending his first effort off the green and he also hit a good approach into the second but could not make his birdie putt.
Southgate was flying and he got up and down from a greenside bunker on the par five third, holing a 20-foot putt to make it three birdies in a row and lead on his own.
That lead soon became three shots as Pavon made a mess of the third, finding sand off the tee, rough with his second, sand again with his fourth and a two-putt led to a double-bogey.
Spaniard Otaegui was making the big move of the day with a hat-trick of birdies from the third and another on the eighth saw him turn in 32. He then hit a stunning approach into the tenth for a fifth birdie of the day and he was alone in second.
Wood made an excellent par save on the first following a ragged tee-shot and took advantage of the third with a nice chip to move alongside Otaegui.
The Spaniard then made another birdie on the 12th to get into double figures and he was joined there by Pavon who bounced back with a 15-foot putt on the fourth.




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