Spieth moves into share of the lead

American youngster Jordan Spieth carded a two-under-69 to claim a share of the Australian Open lead following Saturday’s third round.

The 21-year-old Spieth goes into Sunday’s final round on five-under, alongside second-round leader Greg Chalmers (71) and fellow Australian Brett Rumford (69) at the tough Australian Golf Club where only eight players are below par in the swirling conditions after 54 holes.

World number two Adam Scott was tied for fourth, one shot behind the leaders, alongside veteran Australian compatriot Rod Pampling after both players carded 69s.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy, however, had a round to forget – dropping five shots in two holes en route to a 76 which left him off the pace at one over.

McIlroy seemed in contention to defend his title until the halfway point of his round, where he triple-bogeyed the ninth before double-bogeying the 10th.

The Ulsterman’s capitulation can be blamed on the unpredictable wind at the course, according to Scott.

“It really came up around the turn and blew hard on the back nine,” Scott said.

“It’s really tough with the way it’s blowing, you are trying to stay as stable as you can. It’s certainly presented a pretty tough challenge this week.”

Another Aussie, Daniel Nisbet (67), carded the lowest round of the day after making an early start which saw him reach the clubhouse before the wind picked up.

Nisbet is in a group of players on Even Par in a tie for ninth.

On two-under alone in sixth place is Todd Sinnott (73), while Aron Price (69) and Jake Higginbottom (72) are the only other players below par on one-under.