Australian John Senden had an eagle and two birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine Saturday and finished with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Australian Open.
Senden, the 2006 champion, had a three-round total of 7-under 209 in tough, windy conditions at The Lakes.
Englishman Justin Rose, who also shot 70, was in second place, followed by Australians Matthew Jones (69), Peter Senior (69) and Kieran Pratt (70) in a tie for third, three behind Senden.
''I had a sluggish start with the hand brake on a bit, but once I got through three or four holes I was feeling good again,'' said Senden, who finished runner-up to Greg Chalmers last year at The Lakes. ''It was a day of trying to do the best I can and stay in position.''
Rose had two late bogeys to keep him from tying for the lead going into the final round. Like most players he struggled with the gusty conditions and was apprehensive about a forecast repeat on Sunday.
''It was a difficult time...