3.00PM UPDATE: Thrilling finish as leaders turn for home

Ryan Chisnall
Ryan Chisnall putts on out the 18th

Adam Blyth has a one-shot advantage heading deep into the back nine at Stonecutters, with a number of players within striking distance of the lead.

Blyth steadied after his disappointing front nine of four-over (40) to birdie 10 and 12, leaving clubhouse leader Wade Ormsby with an anxious wait to see if he can force a play-off.

Ormsby shot the day’s best round so far, an impressive eight-under par 64 in difficult conditions at Stonecutters. His round included an eagle and eight birdies,. with two bogeys on the back nine the only blemishes on his round. 

Veteran Stephen Leaney is back in the clubhouse at -17 having also shot eight-under in an excellent return to form for the former US Open runner-up (2003).

The strongest challenges could still come from Coletta and Felton, with two drivable par-fives to come, although the difficult 16th and 17th par threes need to be negotiated.

Darren Beck
Darren Beck hits from the 11th tee as a bushfire burns in nearby Londonderry | Picture: Andy Zakeli

1.30PM Update: An emergency warning has been issued for residents of Londonderry in Sydney’s west as  ages fire burns out of control, threatening homes in the area.

The fire is burning in the Castlereagh Nature Reserve in the areas of Fourth Avenue, Spence Road, Llandilo Road and Mayo Road. Residents have been advised to take shelter as the fire approaches. 

The Rural Fire Service has advised it is too late to evacuate and to take fire-safety precautions as firefighters battle the blaze.

Londonderry is located about 30km from Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club, host of this year’s NSW Open.

For more updates visit The Rural Fire Service website

http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/

 

Wade Ormsby
Wade Ormsby is in red-hot form on the course | Picture: Scott Campbell

Stonecutters finally showed its face today, and for the most part it was angry.


Where in the previous three days it willingly gave up birdies, today is a completely different story.

As expected the afternoon winds have grown in strength and the overnight leaders have struggled into the wind, bringing the field back into play.

 

South Australian Wade Ormsby has the round of the day in his hands, and is now in contention with the leaders bleeding bogeys through the front nine.

 

Very early in his final round, it appeared Adam Blyth - who started they with a four-shot lead over Victorian Peter Wilson - would continue his dominance, opening with birdies on the first two holes. But then, into the windward holes of three, five, six, and seven, he gave shots straight back. It was clearly a challenge for others. Wilson could have the lead outright if he could take advantage of some excellent iron play into the wind, but his putter failed him when he needed it the most.

 

One player certainly in contention now is Rhein Gibson, the 30-year-old from Lismore is even for the day and two shots back at -17. As reported earlier, star amateur Brett Coletta played himself back in contention, and the dream of the NSW/Qld Open double, with a superb front nine that included three birdies and six pars. He is now the leader at -19, with B;lyth, Ormsby and Wilson, all tied for second at -18.

 

The round of the day belongs so far to tour veteran Stephen Leaney and Victorian Lucas Herbert, who both returned eight-under rounds of 64 to be in the top 10.

 

Ormsby could eclipse that round however, and perhaps take the clubhouse lead with birdie chances still to come in his remaining four holes in a round so far that has yielded an eagle, six birdies and one bogey.

 

Stay tuned with more updates throughout the afternoon. Can Blyth hang on, or has Ormsby’s last-day run broken the shackles, or will Coletta complete the historic double?

 

 

Adam Blyth
Adam Blyth playing from the sand on the first hole. He has just recorded a double bogey on the third. | Picture Andy Zakeli

Three club changes and a very long wait was endured on the sixth tee as Adam Blyth tried to choose the right club for two good reasons: 1) he’s given three shots back to the field with double-bogey at three and bogey at five.

 

The second reason is that the sixth has been unkind to him all week. Yesterday, he found the hazard on the difficult par 3, but created an up and down he said “I won’t forget in a hurry”. This week his return has been bogey, bogey, par.

 

Blyth has just bogeyed six to now be at -20 for the tournament and just one stroke clear of Peter Wilson, who parred the sixth to stay at -19.

 

Roaring into contention is Wade Ormsby, the South Australian seven-under through 12 holes and tied for third with amateur Brett Coletta.

 

The front nine has proven difficult for Blyth and his playing partners Rhein Gibson and Peter Wilson, with a number of holes directly into the wind, which appears to be increasing.

 

12.30PM Update: The par four 3rd has been one of the most difficult holes on the front nine today, playing straight into a solid breeze, and surrounded by not only water not he right, but out-of-bounds behind the green.

 

Overnight leader Adam Blyth miscued his approach into deep rough, and literally a metre from out-of-bounds, which cost him a double bogey and has halved his lead to Peter Wilson. 

 

It’s the first major mistake we’ve seen from Blyth all week. However Wilson has started very strongly, with back-to-back birdies on the first two holes, and then a beautiful piercing long iron to 10 feet on the 3rd which resulted in a tap-in par.

 

Elsewhere on the course, Victorian Lucas Herbert has blazed during his final round to be seven-under the card and -15 for the tournament, tied for ninth with only a few holes left to play.

 

Scotland’s Jimmy Gunn signed for as seven-under 65 for his best round of the week and today’s best completed round so far. South Australian Wade Ormsby has also started beautifully, five-under through nine to climb into a share of sixth overall at -16.

 

Of the amateurs, Brett Coletta’s dreams of the NSW and Qld Open double is still a possibility - he’s three under through four holes to be outright third.

Jarrod Felton
Jarrod Felton eagled the first hole to get to -17 for the tournament. |Picture: Scott Campbell

11.30am Update: Adam Blyth has had the perfect start in his attempt to win his first title on Australian soil with a birdie-birdie start in his final round at Stonecutters Ridge today.

Playing partner Peter Wilson, who said yesterday he would have to do something special if he was to have any chance of winning today, has also started birdie-birdie in what is shaping up to be an incredible afternoon of golf. 

Jarryd Felton eagled the first hole at Stonecutters this morning to make an immediate statement in his effort to lift his first Kel Nagle Cup.

Felton made a curling 20-footer after his approach landed pin high on the tight first green.

He immediately moved into tied 3rd along with amateur Brett Coletta who also made a birdie on the first.

The final group peppered the flag on the opening hole, with Peter Wilson narrowly missing a long-range putt for three, and Rhein Gibson missing a six-footer after his approach shot grazed the cup.

Any nerves overnight leader Adam Blyth was feeling were tested with a difficult bunker shot on the first. But he played a nice recovery shot to within three feet to make birdie and move to -23 for the tournament.

Joshua Gadd
Josh Gadd, the youngest player in the field, is an early mover on day four of the NSW Open | Picture: Scott Campbell

11am Update: He had only one birdie and 17 pars yesterday, but the youngest man in the field 17-year-old Josh Gadd is climbing up the leaderboard at Stonecutters after three birdies through the first seven holes.

With the final groups preparing to tee off, early starters have already taken full advantage of the perfect golfing conditions for the NSW Open.

Stephen Leaney is four-under through nine holes to be at -13 for the Championship, Lucas Herbert has the hottest round on the course at five-under for the round. He’s now tied for 14th at -13.

Other scores of note include Scotland’s Jimmy Gunn -4 for the round and tied for 56th at -8.

The marquee groups are about to tee off. The final group which includes overnight leader Adam Blyth at -22, will tee off at 11.15am.

 

Early Weather
Early Weather is perfect scoring at Stonecutters Ridge

Early groups will have the best of conditions here for the final round of the NSW Open at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

Unlike yesterday, this morning’s first groups teed off in perfect sunshine and light winds, and they will need to make their charge to have any chance of catching Queensland’s Adam Blyth who will tee off around 11.15am with a four-shot lead.

That’s when things will get interesting. The breeze is expected to pick up throughout the day, and by 2pm players will be dealing with gusts of up to 42km/h. Similar winds to yesterday, but without the scorching heat to go with it. The maximum high today is forecast to be 28 degrees.

What a day of golf we are in for. Blyth is hoping to add his second title of the year after winning the South Pacific Open back in September.

Better still, why not come down and watch the action for yourself. Tickets only $20 for adults.

The leaderboard is packed with quality golfers, including veterans Peter Wilson and Jarrod Lyle, but also with fast-rising amateurs Connor Syme and Brett Coletta, who will both need to shoot low to have any chance of winning the Kel Nagle Cup.

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