Beth Allen eyes big finish in Adelaide

Beth Allen is still in contention in Adelaide. Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

Beth Allen is still in contention in Adelaide. Picture: David Cannon/Getty Images

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Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen battled strong winds to remain in contention at the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

With wind gusts of more than 30mph, only a dozen players managed to break par in the third round in the South Australian capital.

LPGA debutants Gemma Dryburgh (+3) and Michele Thomson (+4) both failed to break 80 after each starting the day at four-under.

Allen, who also started the round at four-under, fared better than most to finish with a 75 to be two-under overall and in a tie for 22nd.

American Lizette Salas leads on 10-under from Australians Sarah Jane Smith and Sue Oh and Thailand’s Phatlum Pornanong on eight-under.

Allen described the conditions as “tricky” but said she was feeling confident going into the final round.

“I actually felt more comfortable today than I have all week. I just got a little bit unlucky out there a few times but I think if I have a decent day tomorrow it will still be a pretty good finish,” she said.

Salas described her 
two-under 71 as “boring golf”. The Californian added: “It was hard and I just made it simple.”

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