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Australian Open day three highlights

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Jon Tuxworth

Gwladys Nocera of France acknowledges the crowd during day three of the Women's Australian Open.

Gwladys Nocera of France acknowledges the crowd during day three of the Women's Australian Open. Photo: Stefan Postles

ROUND OF THE DAY

Gwladys Nocera. The Frenchwoman topped the 2008 European Tour money list, and she showed why with an incredible eight-under 65 on Saturday. Nocera needed just 31 shots to negotiate the back nine to move to nine-under overall. She had a makeable three-metre putt on the 18th to equal Kristie Smith’s course record 64, but it sailed just wide. Incredibly, the 37-year-old reckons she missed three one-metre putts on the front nine.

SHOT OF THE DAY

Korean star Jiyai Shin pulled of an eagle on the par-five sixth hole by chipping in from the greenside bunker. The bunker is so deep the diminuitive world no.8 didn’t see the ball go in, but she raised her hands in celebration when told it had found the hole. Shin’s bubby personality has been embraced by the big galleries out at Royal Canberra this week.

STAT OF THE DAY

109,523 – The number of $US dollars the second placegetter will receive after Sunday. Given amateur Ko can’t claim a cent of this week’s prizemoney, it’s a tremendous carrot for the chasing pack, led by Spaniard Beatriz Recari.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

“Best line from my coach today: "momentum in English is spelled BIRDIE, BIRDIE, BIRDIE, BIRDIE"!!! #lovegolf
– GWLADYS NOCERA tweeted this on Thursday. It proved to be prophetic, as she certainly proved her English is fluent on Friday with a birdie barrage.

“It is scary and it’s awesome to see that. She’s very talented and she’s got everything to be very, very good. It pushes everyone forward, everyone realises girls are coming up younger.’’
-  Nocera again.

“Well,they say we look alike, too.’’
- LYDIA KO when asked about the similarities in her game to world no.8 JIYAI SHIN

“Yeah, I was too short to watch it, the eagle. I was surprised it went in, well, a little sad I didn’t see it.’’
-  The diminuitive SHIN on her eagle on the par-five sixth, where she chipped in from bunker but couldn’t see it go in.

ICE QUEEN

We all knows she’s got ice in her veins, but Lydia Ko was taking no chances after wearing an ice scarf for parts of her round on Saturday. The mercury only reached 26 degrees on Saturday, but it seemed to work for the 15-year-old sensation, who carded a three-under 70 to claim a share of the Australian Open lead.

DUNNYGATE

If you ventured into one of the on-course port-a-loos and found yourself ‘a bit short’ this week, here’s the reason. Apparently the loos, imported in from Sydney, arrived without the key to unlock the toilet paper dispenser. So once the initial roll ran out, it was unable to be replaced. Replacement loos are expected by Sunday morning at the latest. It conjures memories of that memorable Seinfeld episode, when Elaine found herself in a similar situation. “Does anyone have a square to spare?”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

Modern day golfers take their fitness and diet regimes very seriously – even on their birthday. World no.3 Stacy Lewis turned 27 yesterday, but she brought in her birthday cake into the media room untouched. She celebrated the occasion instead with a four-under 69, to leap to seven-under and a share of 15th place.

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