Ogilvy leads Spieth by two going into final round in Sydney

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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Geoff Ogilvy stormed to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard with a stunning eight-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and two others going into the final round.

The 39-year-old former U.S. Open champion found his putting touch to pocket six birdies on the front nine and two more over his last three holes in a flawless third round that left him 11-under for the tournament.

World number five Spieth came through a wobbly start at Royal Sydney to shoot a 68 for a share of second place with Aaron Baddeley (67) and New Zealander Ryan Fox (71).

Adam Scott would have had a share of fifth with Rod Pampling (70) a further shot back had he not missed a birdie putt from two feet at the last, but the former world number one will still fancy his chances of making up four shots on Sunday.

Scott, now ranked seventh in the world, carded a 71 for a share of sixth with fellow Australians Lucas Herbert, Jake Higginbottom, James Nitties and Jason Scrivener.

Adelaide-born Ogilvy, winner of the Stonehaven Cup in 2010, started the day six shots off the pace but soared into the lead with the best round of the week in the best weather conditions of a blustery day.

If the left-to-right putt from 12 foot for a fourth birdie in a row at the ninth hole showed his confidence on the greens, the approach shot which left him with a two-footer for his eighth birdie at the 18th was the perfect way to finish.

"What a difference a few putts going in makes," Ogilvy said.   Continued...

Jun 17, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Geoff Ogilvy hits his tee shot on the 4th hole during the continuation of the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports