Campbell Now within One in New Zealand


2006 Blue Chip New Zealand OpenWHANGAPARAOA, New Zealand -- As the day went along Saturday at the New Zealand Open, the winds picked up and scores went soaring. Just five of the final 20 players to tee off broke par in round three.
Graeme Storm was in the ninth group out in the morning, starting the round tied for 50th. He shot a 6-under 65 to move into a three-way tie for the lead after three rounds.
Kim Felton carded a 3-under 68 and Marcus Fraser posted a 1-under 70 at Gulf Harbour Country Club to join Storm in the lead at 5-under-par 208.
Peter O'Malley, who played one group ahead of Storm, fired a 66 to climb into a share of fourth at minus-4. He was joined there by Carl Suneson (69), Peter Senior (71) and New Zealand-native Michael Campbell (73).
Wade Orsmby and Nick Dougherty, the second-round leaders, struggled mightily. Ormsby posted a 5-over 76 to fall into a tie for 13th at 2-under-par 211.
Dougherty carded a pair of birdies, but also had a triple-bogey on the second and seven bogeys in a round of 8-over 79. That dropped him to plus-1 and a tie for 39th.
Storm flew out of the gate with an eagle on the par-5 second. He ran off three straight birdies from the fifth to move to minus-4.
After three consecutive pars around the turn, Storm birdied the par-5 11th for the third straight day. That got him to 5 under. He parred the final seven holes, but he still trailed two when his round was completed.
'I was out early so I was able to capitalize on the weather,' Storm said. 'I'm very happy to be in with 6 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament.'
Felton flew up the leaderboard early in the round with birdies on each of the first three holes to get to 5 under. He collected the fourth birdie of his round at the seventh, but gave that stroke back with a bogey on No. 9.
Around the turn, Felton birdied the 13th to get back to minus-6. He tripped to a bogey on 17 though to fall back into a tie with Storm at 5 under.
Fraser birdied the second, but gave that stroke back on the ninth. On the back nine, birdies on the 10th and 11th got Fraser to 6 under.
The Australian parred his next six holes and was in the lead by himself after his par on the 13th as the leaders fell down the leaderboard.
Fraser tripped to a bogey at the last to share the third-round lead with Storm and Felton.
'That was pretty tough. I hit 3-iron in there and some of the other days I hit pitching-wedge. I think I hit 4-iron Friday, but it was pretty (windy) down there,' said Fraser of the 18th. 'You have to hit a pretty good shot in there, which unfortunately I didn't do.'
Kurt Barnes and Brett Rumford each posted rounds of 2-under 69 to move from a share of 29th to a tie for eighth. They were joined at 3-under-par 210 by Daniel Vancsik, Greg Chalmers and Damien McGrane.
Ormsby is one of eight players one stroke further back at minus-2.
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