Journeyman Ormsby in control as Poulter squanders big lead

Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:53am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) - Two of the European Tour's lesser lights, Australian Wade Ormsby and Germany's Marcel Siem, stole the show as Ian Poulter blew a six-shot lead in the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday.

Motorsport-loving Ormsby was in turbo-charged mode, ignoring the damp, grey conditions at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal to steer his way to the summit of the leaderboard with a four-under-par 68.

Siem, the only player with a realistic hope of catching Rory McIlroy at the top of the money-list, gave his chances a shot in the arm as he moved within a stroke of the Australian.

While Ormsby and Siem were making determined forward moves, Poulter was very much in reverse gear as he struggled to a three-over 75.

"That's brought a lot of players back into the fray," the glum Englishman told reporters after finishing alongside Siem and Ryder Cup team mate Lee Westwood (67) on 11-under 205.

"Their dinner is going to taste lovely tonight and mine is going to taste horrible."

A six at the par-four 15th summed up Poulter's day as he made a hash of a short-range stroke.

"Real lack of judgment there," fumed Europe's Ryder Cup talisman. "I only had a hit a tree and left me no shot.   Continued...