Sunday, 10 February 2019
I'm confident with the lead - Wade Ormsby  (Getty Images)
I'm confident with the lead - Wade Ormsby (Getty Images)

Wade Ormsby maintained his two-shot lead with a fast start in the final round of the ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Club.

The home favourite birdied two of his first three holes to move to 17 under and lead the way from countryman Brad Kennedy, with conditions making scoring a lot more straightforward than it had been on a wild and windy day three.

England's Callum Shinkwin and South African Justin Harding were then at 14 under, a shot clear of Nicolas Colsaerts, David Law, David Bransdon and Matthew Stieger.

Frenchman Clément Sordet was five shots off the lead.

Sordet - a Challenge Tour graduate in 2017 and Qualifying School graduate in 2018 - made a big move up the leaderboard early, birdieing his first three holes and then holing a 12-foot putt at the seventh to turn in 32.

Kennedy and Harding joined him at 13 under as they both took advantage of the par-five second but Ormsby put his approach to ten feet at the first to lead by three.

Harding and Kennedy then both put their tee-shots on the par-three third inside six feet to break out of the five-man group at 13 under.

Kennedy briefly cut the lead to one from 12 feet at the fourth but Ormsby almost holed his third at the second and made a 12-footer of his own to get to 17 under.

Shinkwin got up and down from a bunker to also birdie the second, while Scotsman Law made his first birdie of the day on the fourth from four feet.

Belgian Colsaerts had birdied the first from five feet and he made a birdie on the par-five fifth after reaching the green in two, a feat matched by playing partner Bransdon who had also birdied the third.

Sordet then bogeyed the tenth to sit a shot clear of Ashley Chesters, David Drysdale, Marcus Fraser and Aaron Townsend.

Stieger started his round with three pars.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LAW, DavidSCO18-18
T2ORMSBY, WadeAUS18-17
4HARDING, JustinRSA18-16

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