Staysure PGA Seniors Championship R3

McKenzie eyes debut win ahead of London finale

August 01-04
London GC, Ash, Kent, England
£400,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


David McKenzie will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship, as he goes in search of his debut win on the Staysure Tour.

PGA Seniors Championship R3 - McKenzie eyes debut win ahead of London finale
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The Australian, who qualified for the championship via Monday’s Qualifying event, has never won on European soil but after his round of 68, four under par, he sits in pole position ahead of the final round at London Golf Club.

The 52-year-old finished tied fifth at The Senior Open Presented by Rolex last week and has brought his form from Royal Lytham & St Annes down to Kent, where he followed up his opening rounds of 65-69 with another sub-70 score.

A bogey on the first, having found the water, did not phase him as he bounced back with a gain on the third hole. A second birdie on the front nine came at the sixth as he went out in 35 strokes, one under par, to apply the pressure to overnight leaders Peter Lonoard and Phillip Price.


McKenzie then turned up the heat on the back nine, making three birdies, including one on the last, to take the outright lead at the end of day three. With 18-holes left to play, McKenzie is excited at the prospect of an inaugural victory on the over-50s circuit.

“It’d be fantastic to win on the Staysure Tour and to win in Europe, as I haven’t done that as a senior in Europe or America, plus I haven’t done that on the main tour in either America or Europe,” he said. “It’d be nice to beat some of guys that I always looked to when I was playing mini tours. It’s great to play with them and it’d be great to beat them.

“My game was scrappier than the other days. I hit one in the water on the first hole which wasn’t good for my nerves, but I steadied myself with a nice birdie on the third and played nicely from there.

“I was aware 13 under par was the target, so on 18 I knew I needed to hit it on the fairway to have a chance with the putter. Fortunately, I’ve done that pretty well all week, so hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”

James Kingston, who set the clubhouse target at 13 under par, is one shot behind the Aussie following the joint-low round of the week, an eight under par round of 64, which featured a back nine of five under par, as the South African eyes a debut win on the over-50s circuit.

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Australian Peter Fowler also signed for a round of 64 to move up the leaderboard on day three and occupies third place, two shots off McKenzie, alongside compatriot Lonard and Price of Wales, as both players carded one under par rounds of 71, having led at the halfway point.

Irishman Paul McGinley moved into contention after a round of 67, five under par, to sit in sixth place while Major Champion Michael Campbell and Thaworn Wiratchant share seventh at ten under par total.

The final round at the European Tour Destinations venue starts at 8:40am local time with McKenzie teeing off at 10:20am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
MCKENZIE David
AUS
-14
65
69
68
202
2
KINGSTON James
RSA
-13
70
69
64
203
3
FOWLER Peter
AUS
-12
67
73
64
204
3
LONARD Peter
AUS
-12
69
64
71
204
3
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-12
67
66
71
204
6
MCGINLEY Paul
IRL
-11
69
69
67
205
7
CAMPBELL Michael
NZL
-10
68
71
67
206
7
WIRATCHANT Thaworn
THA
-10
74
67
65
206
9
LANE Barry
ENG
-9
72
67
68
207
9
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-9
69
68
70
207
9
MILFORD Tim
ENG
-9
71
65
71
207
12
ATLEVI Magnus P
SWE
-8
67
70
71
208
13
DENNIS Clark
USA
-7
70
66
73
209
13
LEVET Thomas
FRA
-7
73
66
70
209
13
MICHEEL Shaun
USA
-7
71
68
70
209
13
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-7
66
73
70
209
17
DODD Stephen
WAL
-6
67
70
73
210
17
MONTGOMERIE Colin
SCO
-6
70
69
71
210
19
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
-5
71
72
68
211
19
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-5
70
72
69
211
19
COCERES José
ARG
-5
70
70
71
211
19
EALES Paul
ENG
-5
70
72
69
211
19
EVANS Gary
ENG
-5
73
72
66
211
19
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-5
71
69
71
211
25
BRIER Markus
AUT
-4
72
71
69
212
25
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-4
71
72
69
212
25
MCNULTY Mark
IRL
-4
71
72
69
212
28
BOSSERT André
SUI
-3
69
69
75
213
28
GILFORD David
ENG
-3
72
70
71
213
28
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
-3
69
72
72
213
28
O’MALLEY Peter
AUS
-3
68
74
71
213
28
WILSON Peter
ENG
-3
71
68
74
213
28
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
-3
70
69
74
213
34
BAKER Peter
ENG
-2
70
72
72
214
34
CHEETHAM Jonathan S
ENG
-2
68
72
74
214
34
HARRISON John
ENG
-2
73
71
70
214
34
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
-2
73
70
71
214
34
MAY Bob
USA
-2
69
73
72
214
34
OLSEN Dan
USA
-2
75
68
71
214
40
BROWN Simon P
ENG
-1
69
73
73
215
40
GUEST Vince
ENG
-1
71
70
74
215
40
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-1
68
74
73
215
40
SMYTH Des
IRL
-1
75
67
73
215
40
STIMSON Martin
WAL
-1
70
72
73
215
45
MANSON Gordon
AUT
0
73
68
75
216
45
MARKS Gary
ENG
0
72
70
74
216
45
STREETER Paul
ENG
0
70
69
77
216
45
TURNER Greg
NZL
0
71
71
74
216
49
LONGMUIR Bill
SCO
1
71
73
73
217
49
LUNA Santiago
ESP
1
71
71
75
217
49
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
1
71
72
74
217
49
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
1
71
73
73
217
49
ROMERO CARRASCO Jose
ESP
1
73
72
72
217
49
THELEN Tim
USA
1
75
69
73
217
55
BENNETT Stephen
ENG
2
75
70
73
218
55
EMERSON Gary
ENG
2
72
72
74
218
55
GOLDING Philip
ENG
2
75
69
74
218
58
RIDLEY Mark
ENG
3
72
72
75
219
58
WHARTON Mark
ENG
3
71
72
76
219
60
BROWN Gary
ENG
4
74
67
79
220
60
MILLER Andrew
ENG
4
72
72
76
220
62
PROSSER Darren
ENG
8
71
74
79
224