Ormsby leads alone in Fiji

Australian golfer Peter Cooke competes in the Fiji International at Natadola

Scott Hend at the hole 18 during the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf course yesterday.

European Tour regular, Ormsby got off to a slow start and was 1-over after seven holes.

But a chance to rub shoulders with the former world No.1s, for a few days at the US Open, was enough to rekindle the 37-year-old's passion for a career which was at the crossroads just a year ago.

But he lost momentum with a bogey-ridden 73 to finish on six-under, four shots behind leader Wade Ormsby from Australia.

"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 after his round.

"There are a few tricky holes out there; I think 16 is one that has been spoken about a lot".

"I didn't think I would be in that position after seven holes, I was getting a bit frustrated, but then the putter started to get a bit hot so I started to move in the right direction. I had Richard on my bag and he was just saying to try and stay cool, so that happened and I made a tonne of birdies".

"I just couldn't get the hang of the greens today for some reasons", he said.

Norris fired 2-under 70 in the third round, his near flawless day coming de-railed at the par-4 16th.

Australian Terry Pilkadaris has made a charge up the leaderboard, making seven birdies and two bogeys to take a share of third at six under. "I'm going back to backhanded", Norris laughed. "I saw it bounce but didn't see it roll in, you can't see it from back there and I thought it was going to be pretty close".

James Marchesani of Australia, who had a 68, was in third place, two strokes behind Ormsby.

"A good week here and you never really know where you'll be the week after".

Wade Ormsby has hit the front at the Fiji International after shooting a six-under 66 in the third round.

The Presidents Cup dream is alive for Australian golfer Scott Hend after he surged to be in a four-way tie for the halfway lead at the Australasian Tour's Fiji International.

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