Vincent in Fiji contention

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfer Scott Vincent is in contention to win the European Tour Fiji Open International golf tournament after a four-under 68 at Natadola Bay yesterday.

Vincent is now on seven-under-par 209, some three strokes behind leader Wade Ormsby of Australia going into today’s final round.

“It’s been nice here in Fiji. I love it, it’s unbelievable. It’s nice to get a day with not much wind as well,” Vincent, who fired three birdies in the last three holes, told the European Tour website.

“I thought the scores were going to be a lot lower. I think that’s everyone’s expectation. It’s surprising that we don’t see many guys in the double digits but I’m happy with where I am.”

Ormsby surprised even himself as his putter ran hot on the homeward stretch to take the outright lead of the tournament.

The 37-year-old fired a six-under 66 to finish the day at 10-under 206, one stroke ahead of fellow Australian Jason Norris who lost the tournament lead when he made a triple-bogey on the 16th hole.

“It was a bit of a surprise coming up the last. I hadn’t seen too many leaderboards for the day but obviously very happy with it,” Ormsby said.

“I didn’t think I would be in that position after seven holes, I was getting a bit frustrated but the putter started to get a bit hot so I started to move in the right direction.

“I think everyone who has played golf knows that when the putts start dropping you get happier out there.”

James Marchesani also finished strongly, making six birdies on the back nine in a round of 67 to move into third place, two strokes behind Ormsby at eight-under.

Scott Hend, one of four co-leaders at the halfway stage, shot an even-par 72 to be tied with Peter Wilson and Vincent at seven-under.

“I just couldn’t get the hang of the greens today for some reason. Hopefully that will come to me tomorrow,” Hend said.

“I might go and hit a few putts now and see what’s going on. We will just have a go again tomorrow. It was nice to finish with two straight birdies on 17 and 18 to get back to even par.”

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