Scott makes move as McIlroy crumbles at Open

Australians Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford, and US star Jordan Spieth lead a packed Australian Open leaderboard after the third round of the Australian Open in Sydney.

The trio are at 5-under-par with Adam Scott and Rod Pampling a stroke behind at 4-under.

Adam Scott Adam Scott kept his 2014 Australian Open title hopes alive (Credit: Anthony Powter)

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Chalmers won this title in 1998 and 2011, yet the 41-year-old missed the cut at last week’s Masters in Melbourne and flew under the radar heading into this championship.

Carding a second round 66 and backing that up with a 71 today sees Chalmers with another opportunity to claim his national title.

Yet, hot on the tails of the leaders is world number three, Adam Scott, who fired a 69 as well as a determined Rod Pampling who has yet to claim his national title.

Amateur Todd Sinnott also remains in the mix at 2-under to be in 6th position and top amateur for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy had a round that he would rather forget which has left his Australian Open title defence in tatters.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, had been cruising along in a share of the lead before imploding to loose five shots in the space of two holes midway through his third-round.

A triple-bogey seven on the par-4 ninth would lead the world number one to a five-over 76 and a share of 14th position at 1-over-par and six strokes from the leaders.

Aron Price and talented young gun Jake Higgingbottom are at 1-under and in a share of 7th position, with Daniel Nisbet rocketing up the leaderboard with the day’s low round carding an impressive 4-under-par 67 to round out the top-10.