Australian PGA Championship R3

Scott edges ahead in search of Australian double

December 19-22
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
AUD$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Adam Scott will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Australian PGA Championship, setting up a thrilling Sunday at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Australian PGA Championship R3 - Scott edges ahead
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“It’s incredibly bunched, and if it’s windy tomorrow, it’s going to be hard for anyone to really separate themselves unless they just play an incredible round of golf, go out there and roll in a lot of putts. For me, my strategy’s going to be the same. Unless I hole a lot of long putts, I don’t see myself just running away with this thing. I’m in for a fight tomorrow.

“I’ve tried really hard to keep my intensity up after last week, and my focus on the course. I’ve had a couple moments where I’ve wavered, but I’ve managed to pull it back together. It would be nice to cap off this year with a win here at home because I know what the confidence of that can do going into next year and just kind of make things a little more comfortable running into the Masters time.”

The 2013 Masters Champion, who also won this event that same year, carded a three under par round of 69 to move to ten under par, one clear of fellow South Australian Wade Ormsby. The pair, both from the city of Adelaide, grew up playing junior golf against each other. Ormsby carded a two under par round of 70 to reach nine under par on the Gold Coast.


“I put myself in perfect position going into Sunday. It’s tricky out there with the wind and some of the pin positions. Everything’s getting firmer. I’m not sure how those boys shot their scores this morning, but you just have to hang in there.

“It’s hard to kind of get out in front and go, but I guess any course, if you hit enough good shots and hole enough putts, you can get going. I think you need to putt well in order to do that, but you’ve still got to play the golf course on its merits. There’s going to be some tricky flags tomorrow and there’ll be some gettable ones, so I’ll just keep plodding my way around and play the same type of golf I’ve been playing and see where that leaves me.”

Scott, who represented the International side at last week’s Presidents Cup, and Ormsby, who is searching for his second European Tour title, faced-off in a play-off at this event in 2014, but both lost out to Greg Chalmers, who won his second Australian PGA Championship title after a marathon seven extra holes.

Australian Nick Flanagan flew up the leaderboard on moving day, making the most of benign conditions in the morning to card a course record-equalling nine under par round of 63 to move into third place on eight under par. He is joined on that number by compatriot Min Woo Lee, New Zealander Michael Hendry and Carl Yuan, of China.

“I would give my game probably eight out of ten today,” said Lee. “There were a few mistakes, but I held in there and hit very good shots, probably one of the best ball striking rounds I had all year. It was nice to back that up and hopefully there’s one more tomorrow.

“The thing about golf is the one week where you don’t make mistakes, you’re probably going to be up there in the lead or going to win – I’m still looking for that. Hopefully, it’s this week. But I’m still learning a lot about myself. There’s a lot of wind out here, every shot counts. Hopefully I can learn from everything I do every week.”


Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, who teed off in the first group on Saturday morning, carded an eight under par round of 64 to move into a share of seventh place on seven under with Australian Nick Cullan.

“All week I felt like I was hitting the ball well, I just wasn’t scoring in the beginning,” said Cañizares. “Yesterday I went double (bogey) and then bogey and I was four over with four to go – I said ‘let’s try and make four birdies to come in’. I made three birdies on the last four and made the cut on the number with a birdie on the last.

“Today was one of those days where there was no wind, I was first off and the golf course was perfect and I started hitting great shots with my irons. It was one of those days that I was putting well and hitting good shots, I thought I could get up there and keep it going. It was a shame having a couple of bogeys, I had a bad tee shot on the par five, but then I had two birdies to fix it.”


In ninth are a trio of European Tour members, Aaron Cockerill, of Canada, South African Bryce Easton and Frenchman Romain Wattel.

Defending champion Cameron Smith, seeking an historic third consecutive Australian PGA Championship will start the final round five shots back on five under par, in a share of 12 th place.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Adam Scott
AUS
-10
70
67
69
206
2
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-9
68
69
70
207
T3
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-8
72
73
63
208
T3
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-8
68
72
68
208
T3
Michael Hendry
NZL
-8
70
68
70
208
T3
Carl Yuan
CHN
-8
70
65
73
208
T7
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-7
73
72
64
209
T7
Nick Cullen
AUS
-7
68
73
68
209
T9
Romain Wattel
FRA
-6
73
70
67
210
T9
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-6
70
71
69
210
T9
Bryce Easton
RSA
-6
71
68
71
210
T12
Greg Chalmers
AUS
-5
74
69
68
211
T12
Brady Watt
AUS
-5
72
70
69
211
T12
Cameron Davis
AUS
-5
72
70
69
211
T12
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-5
69
72
70
211
T12
Cameron Smith
AUS
-5
74
65
72
211
T12
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-5
70
66
75
211
T18
Jamie Arnold
AUS
-4
73
72
67
212
T18
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-4
72
70
70
212
T18
Cameron Champ
USA
-4
71
70
71
212
T18
Brett Rankin
AUS
-4
67
73
72
212
T18
Travis Smyth
AUS
-4
68
72
72
212
T23
Denzel Ieremia
NZL
-3
77
67
69
213
T23
Daniel Gale
AUS
-3
72
71
70
213
T23
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
-3
72
69
72
213
T23
Stewart Cink
USA
-3
70
72
71
213
T23
Brett Rumford
AUS
-3
72
69
72
213
T23
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-3
71
70
72
213
T23
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
72
72
213
T23
Tom Power-Horan
AUS
-3
72
66
75
213
T31
Steve Allan
AUS
-2
70
75
69
214
T31
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-2
74
70
70
214
T31
Jack Senior
ENG
-2
70
74
70
214
T31
Brad Kennedy
AUS
-2
71
72
71
214
T31
Johannes Veerman
USA
-2
70
71
73
214
T36
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
-1
73
71
71
215
T36
Damien Perrier
FRA
-1
70
72
73
215
T36
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
73
69
73
215
T36
Blake Windred
AUS
-1
72
70
73
215
T36
Harry Bateman
NZL
-1
69
71
75
215
T41
Daniel Hillier
NZL
Par
74
71
71
216
T41
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
75
68
73
216
T41
Nick Voke
NZL
Par
69
71
76
216
T41
Rhein Gibson
AUS
Par
71
69
76
216
T45
Ashley Hall
AUS
1
72
73
72
217
T45
Janne Kaske
FIN
1
74
71
72
217
T45
Michael Wright
AUS
1
69
75
73
217
T45
Mark R. Brown
AUS
1
72
71
74
217
T45
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
1
68
72
77
217
T45
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
1
72
68
77
217
T51
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
74
71
73
218
T51
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
2
72
73
73
218
T51
Zach Murray
AUS
2
71
73
74
218
T51
Michael Sim
AUS
2
73
70
75
218
T51
Rod Pampling
AUS
2
70
73
75
218
T51
Calum Hill
SCO
2
70
72
76
218
T57
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
3
73
72
74
219
T57
Daniel Pearce
NZL
3
72
72
75
219
T57
Taylor MacDonald
FJI
3
73
71
75
219
T57
James Anstiss
NZL
3
76
68
75
219
T61
Dylan Perry
AUS
4
73
72
75
220
T61
Ross McGowan
ENG
4
73
72
75
220
T61
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
4
70
75
75
220
T61
Harrison Endycott
AUS
4
73
72
75
220
T61
Peter Fowler
AUS
4
72
72
76
220
T61
Richard Green
AUS
4
71
73
76
220
T61
Jason Norris
AUS
4
69
75
76
220
T68
Dale Whitnell
ENG
5
71
73
77
221
T68
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
5
72
72
77
221
T70
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
6
72
73
77
222
T70
Lucas Herbert
AUS
6
67
77
78
222
72
Fraser MacLachlan
NZL
10
72
72
82
226
CUT
Andrew Evans
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Andrew Martin
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Christopher Wood
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
David Coupland
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Gavin Fairfax
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Hurly Long
GER
2
74
72
146
CUT
John Senden
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Warren
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Kade McBride
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Samuel Eaves
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Chase Hanna
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
David Smail
NZL
3
69
78
147
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
3
76
71
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jeong-Woo Ham
KOR
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
70
77
147
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Matt Jager
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Peter Lonard
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Scott Strange
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Tim Stewart
AUS
3
72
75
147
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Ben Eccles
AUS
4
71
77
148
CUT
Blake Proverbs
AUS
4
80
68
148
CUT
Daniel Young
SCO
4
74
74
148
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Lincoln Tighe
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Matthew Griffin
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Peter Cooke
RSA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Robin Petersson
SWE
4
76
72
148
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
71
77
148
CUT
Aaron Zemmer
ITA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
5
76
73
149
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Peter O’Malley
AUS
5
78
71
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
75
74
149
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
6
74
76
150
CUT
Blake Collyer
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
6
72
78
150
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
6
76
74
150
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Damien Jordan
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
David Bransdon
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Howell
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Micheluzzi
AUS
6
74
76
150
CUT
Hyung-Seok Seo
KOR
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jarryd Felton
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jesper Sandborg
NZL
6
79
71
150
CUT
Max McCardle
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Nick O’Hern
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
7
77
74
151
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
7
74
77
151
CUT
Michael Long
NZL
7
76
75
151
CUT
Peter Wilson
AUS
7
76
75
151
CUT
Shae Wools-Cobb
AUS
7
75
76
151
CUT
Brody Martin
AUS
8
76
76
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
77
75
152
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
8
74
78
152
CUT
David McKenzie
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Gareth Paddison
NZL
9
76
77
153
CUT
Steven Bowditch
AUS
9
79
74
153
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
10
79
75
154
CUT
Darren Beck
AUS
10
78
76
154
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
10
74
80
154
CUT
Peter Senior
AUS
10
77
77
154
CUT
Vernon Sexton-Finck
AUS
10
75
79
154
CUT
Braden Becker
AUS
11
75
80
155
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
11
77
78
155
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
11
78
77
155
CUT
Brad Burns
AUS
13
77
80
157
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
13
78
79
157
CUT
Andrew Campbell
AUS
14
82
76
158
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
14
74
84
158
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
15
85
74
159
RET
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
75
75
RET
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
77
77
RET
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
Par
77
77