European Tour

Australian PGA Championship 2018

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

Round 3

Smith edges ahead Down Under

December 01, 2018

Defending champion Cameron Smith will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Australian PGA Championship after posting a flawless round of 67 at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Smith edges ahead Down Under, © Getty Images
Marc Leishman & Cameron Smith

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"The last year I've been playing some really good golf. Probably over the last three days has been some of the best golf I think I've played both mentally and pulling off the shots. I'm feeling really confident and looking forward to tomorrow."

The home favourite had been brilliant on day two as he recorded the lowest round of the week with a 65 and he continued that form on Saturday, going bogey-free to get to 14 under and lead the way from ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf team-mate Marc Leishman.

"I did a really good job today when I was out of position, just taking less risks and putting myself into the centre of the greens and taking a par. It's what you have to do around here."

The World Number 21 carded an impressive 69 to sit four shots clear of countryman Matthew Millar and 2017 champion Harold Varner III as the second event of the 2019 European Tour season looked to be developing into a two-horse race.

A victory for Smith would make him the first player to win this title in back-to-back years since Robert Allenby in 2000 and 2001, while Leishman is also looking for a second European Tour title but a first on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

"That's the best I've played all week and the worst score," said Leishman. "A couple of bad breaks and a few putts where I hit good putts and they didn't go in, which happens occasionally."

"I'm happy with the day. It puts me a few more back than I would like to be but it's going to be tough tomorrow. I hear the wind is going to get up so that gives me a bit more of a chance."

"It's important for me tomorrow to put a bit of pressure on him early and make him think about it and be there or thereabouts with a few holes to go, hopefully."

Home favourites Braden Becker, Ben Eccles and Matt Jager were eight shots off the lead, one clear of Jake McLeod - who currently leads the PGA of Australasia Order of Merit – and countrymen Nick Flanagan, Mathew Goggin and Dimitrios Papadatos, and South Korea's Jaewoong Eom.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Cameron Smith
AUS
-14
70
65
67
202
2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-11
68
68
69
205
T3
Harold Varner III
USA
-7
69
69
71
209
T3
Matthew Millar
AUS
-7
72
70
67
209
T5
Ben Eccles
AUS
-6
70
71
69
210
T5
Braden Becker
AUS
-6
70
73
67
210
T5
Matt Jager
AUS
-6
66
71
73
210
T8
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
67
70
74
211
T8
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-5
67
74
70
211
T8
Jake McLeod
AUS
-5
66
70
75
211
T8
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-5
68
72
71
211
T8
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-5
69
73
69
211
T13
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-4
72
69
71
212
T13
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-4
70
69
73
212
T13
David McKenzie
AUS
-4
73
69
70
212
T13
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-4
74
69
69
212
T13
Nick Taylor
CAN
-4
74
68
70
212
T13
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-4
72
70
70
212
T13
Troy Merritt
USA
-4
71
71
70
212
T20
Christopher Wood
AUS
-3
71
66
76
213
T20
Craig Ross
SCO
-3
71
72
70
213
T20
Daniel Fox
AUS
-3
73
69
71
213
T20
Daniel Gale
AUS
-3
70
74
69
213
T20
Darren Beck
AUS
-3
73
71
69
213
T20
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-3
70
72
71
213
T20
Peter Senior
AUS
-3
72
70
71
213
T20
Robert Allenby
AUS
-3
70
70
73
213
T20
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
75
69
213
T20
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
70
71
72
213
T20
Tim Stewart
AUS
-3
70
74
69
213
T20
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
69
73
71
213
T32
Alexander Knappe
GER
-2
70
74
70
214
T32
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-2
70
69
75
214
T32
Douglas Klein
AUS
-2
68
74
72
214
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-2
69
75
70
214
T32
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
69
73
72
214
T32
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
72
71
71
214
T32
Rod Pampling
AUS
-2
74
69
71
214
T32
Ross McGowan
ENG
-2
71
73
70
214
T40
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-1
70
72
73
215
T40
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
68
73
74
215
T40
Oliver Farr
WAL
-1
71
69
75
215
T40
Sean Crocker
USA
-1
73
71
71
215
T40
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-1
70
73
72
215
T40
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
69
74
72
215
T40
Zach Murray
AUS
-1
70
74
71
215
T47
Alex Edge
AUS
Par
73
70
73
216
T47
Daan Huizing
NED
Par
73
69
74
216
T47
Damien Jordan
AUS
Par
69
73
74
216
T47
David Bransdon
AUS
Par
71
68
77
216
T47
Hugues Joannes
BEL
Par
72
72
72
216
T47
Jordan Zunic
AUS
Par
70
72
74
216
T47
Josh Geary
NZL
Par
72
71
73
216
T47
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
73
70
73
216
T47
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
69
74
73
216
T56
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
1
73
69
75
217
T56
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
69
70
78
217
T56
Matthew Griffin
AUS
1
72
71
74
217
T56
Max McCardle
AUS
1
76
68
73
217
T60
Ashley Hall
AUS
2
70
74
74
218
T60
Austin Connelly
CAN
2
72
71
75
218
T60
Blake Proverbs
AUS
2
71
72
75
218
T60
Frazer Droop
AUS
2
73
69
76
218
T60
Jack Munro
AUS
2
73
71
74
218
T60
Michael Wright
AUS
2
72
70
76
218
T60
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
72
72
74
218
T67
Paul Hayden
AUS
4
72
67
81
220
T67
Steve Allan
AUS
4
70
73
77
220
T69
Mark Brown
NZL
6
71
73
78
222
T69
Peter Cooke
RSA
6
73
69
80
222
71
Jason Norris
AUS
9
70
74
81
225
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
1
72
73
-
145
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
73
72
-
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
70
75
-
145
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
73
72
-
145
CUT
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
1
75
70
-
145
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
1
70
75
-
145
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
69
76
-
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
76
69
-
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
71
74
-
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
72
73
-
145
CUT
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
73
72
-
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
72
73
-
145
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
1
73
72
-
145
CUT
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
1
72
73
-
145
CUT
Steven Jeffress
AUS
1
69
76
-
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
72
73
-
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
68
78
-
146
CUT
Aron Price
AUS
2
69
77
-
146
CUT
Brad Moules
FIJ
2
70
76
-
146
CUT
Carl Yuan
CHN
2
70
76
-
146
CUT
Dale Williamson
AUS
2
71
75
-
146
CUT
David Smail
NZL
2
75
71
-
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
74
72
-
146
CUT
Josh Younger
AUS
2
74
72
-
146
CUT
Kieran Muir
AUS
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
2
72
74
-
146
CUT
Peter O'Malley
AUS
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
2
71
75
-
146
CUT
Ryan Lynch
AUS
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
75
72
-
147
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
74
73
-
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
77
70
-
147
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
3
74
73
-
147
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Adam Blyth
AUS
4
70
78
-
148
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
4
75
73
-
148
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
74
74
-
148
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
4
74
74
-
148
CUT
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
Paul Maddy
ENG
4
70
78
-
148
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
4
74
74
-
148
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
4
70
78
-
148
CUT
Sam Lee
FIJ
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
76
72
-
148
CUT
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
4
71
77
-
148
CUT
Tim Hart
AUS
4
75
73
-
148
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
4
73
75
-
148
CUT
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
5
76
73
-
149
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
73
76
-
149
CUT
David Boote
WAL
5
72
77
-
149
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
76
73
-
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
5
71
78
-
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
80
69
-
149
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
76
73
-
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
75
74
-
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
6
72
78
-
150
CUT
Matthew Lisk
AUS
6
75
75
-
150
CUT
Matthew Perry
AUS
6
77
73
-
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
78
72
-
150
CUT
Chris Duke
AUS
7
75
76
-
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
7
78
73
-
151
CUT
Daniel Pearce
NZL
7
74
77
-
151
CUT
Brett Rankin
AUS
8
75
77
-
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
76
76
-
152
CUT
David Cooke
USA
8
73
79
-
152
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
8
77
75
-
152
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
8
74
78
-
152
CUT
Rory Bourke
AUS
8
74
78
-
152
CUT
Adam Stephens
AUS
9
77
76
-
153
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
9
77
76
-
153
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
9
80
73
-
153
CUT
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
9
76
77
-
153
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
10
76
78
-
154
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
10
76
78
-
154
CUT
George Twyman
ENG
10
77
77
-
154
CUT
James Anstiss
NZL
10
76
78
-
154
CUT
Peter Wilson
ENG
10
74
80
-
154
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
11
80
75
-
155
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
13
80
77
-
157
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
24
84
84
-
168
RET
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
82
-
-
82
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R3
Total
1
Cameron Smith
AUS
-14
67
202
2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-11
69
205
T3
Harold Varner III
USA
-7
71
209
T3
Matthew Millar
AUS
-7
67
209
T5
Ben Eccles
AUS
-6
69
210
T5
Braden Becker
AUS
-6
67
210
T5
Matt Jager
AUS
-6
73
210
T8
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
74
211
T8
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-5
70
211
T8
Jake McLeod
AUS
-5
75
211
T8
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-5
71
211
T8
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-5
69
211
T13
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-4
71
212
T13
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-4
73
212
T13
David McKenzie
AUS
-4
70
212
T13
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-4
69
212
T13
Nick Taylor
CAN
-4
70
212
T13
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-4
70
212
T13
Troy Merritt
USA
-4
70
212
T20
Christopher Wood
AUS
-3
76
213
T20
Craig Ross
SCO
-3
70
213
T20
Daniel Fox
AUS
-3
71
213
T20
Daniel Gale
AUS
-3
69
213
T20
Darren Beck
AUS
-3
69
213
T20
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-3
71
213
T20
Peter Senior
AUS
-3
71
213
T20
Robert Allenby
AUS
-3
73
213
T20
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
213
T20
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
72
213
T20
Tim Stewart
AUS
-3
69
213
T20
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
71
213
T32
Alexander Knappe
GER
-2
70
214
T32
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-2
75
214
T32
Douglas Klein
AUS
-2
72
214
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-2
70
214
T32
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
72
214
T32
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
71
214
T32
Rod Pampling
AUS
-2
71
214
T32
Ross McGowan
ENG
-2
70
214
T40
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-1
73
215
T40
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
74
215
T40
Oliver Farr
WAL
-1
75
215
T40
Sean Crocker
USA
-1
71
215
T40
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-1
72
215
T40
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
72
215
T40
Zach Murray
AUS
-1
71
215
T47
Alex Edge
AUS
Par
73
216
T47
Daan Huizing
NED
Par
74
216
T47
Damien Jordan
AUS
Par
74
216
T47
David Bransdon
AUS
Par
77
216
T47
Hugues Joannes
BEL
Par
72
216
T47
Jordan Zunic
AUS
Par
74
216
T47
Josh Geary
NZL
Par
73
216
T47
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
73
216
T47
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
73
216
T56
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
1
75
217
T56
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
78
217
T56
Matthew Griffin
AUS
1
74
217
T56
Max McCardle
AUS
1
73
217
T60
Ashley Hall
AUS
2
74
218
T60
Austin Connelly
CAN
2
75
218
T60
Blake Proverbs
AUS
2
75
218
T60
Frazer Droop
AUS
2
76
218
T60
Jack Munro
AUS
2
74
218
T60
Michael Wright
AUS
2
76
218
T60
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
74
218
T67
Paul Hayden
AUS
4
81
220
T67
Steve Allan
AUS
4
77
220
T69
Mark Brown
NZL
6
78
222
T69
Peter Cooke
RSA
6
80
222
71
Jason Norris
AUS
9
81
225
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
-
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
-
145
CUT
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
-
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
-
145
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Steven Jeffress
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
-
146
CUT
Aron Price
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Brad Moules
FIJ
2
-
146
CUT
Carl Yuan
CHN
2
-
146
CUT
Dale Williamson
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
David Smail
NZL
2
-
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
-
146
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Josh Younger
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Kieran Muir
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
2
-
146
CUT
Peter O'Malley
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Ryan Lynch
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
3
-
147
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Adam Blyth
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
-
148
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Paul Maddy
ENG
4
-
148
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
4
-
148
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
4
-
148
CUT
Sam Lee
FIJ
4
-
148
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
4
-
148
CUT
Tim Hart
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
4
-
148
CUT
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
-
149
CUT
David Boote
WAL
5
-
149
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
-
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
5
-
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
6
-
150
CUT
Matthew Lisk
AUS
6
-
150
CUT
Matthew Perry
AUS
6
-
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
-
150
CUT
Chris Duke
AUS
7
-
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
7
-
151
CUT
Daniel Pearce
NZL
7
-
151
CUT
Brett Rankin
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
David Cooke
USA
8
-
152
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
8
-
152
CUT
Rory Bourke
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
Adam Stephens
AUS
9
-
153
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
9
-
153
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
9
-
153
CUT
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
9
-
153
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
10
-
154
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
10
-
154
CUT
George Twyman
ENG
10
-
154
CUT
James Anstiss
NZL
10
-
154
CUT
Peter Wilson
ENG
10
-
154
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
11
-
155
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
13
-
157
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
24
-
168
RET
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
-
82