Round 3 State of Play Live
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Saturday November 9 - 5:00pm
Saturday is traditionally known as “moving day” in golf.
The only problem for the leaders in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on Saturday was they moved the wrong way.
While overnight leader and hot favourite Adam Scott (-10) extended his margin to three shots over American Rickie Fowler (-7) and Victorian David McKenzie (-7) the leaders failed to put a gap on their rivals as expected.
McKenzie’s effort though to shoot a one over 72 was quite remarkable after he started feeling ill and dizzy with some kind of allergic food reaction midway through his round.
The Victorian’s heart started racing, he felt dizzy and he had trouble not only seeing, but also standing up before taking an antihistamine on the 8th hole.
“On the 8th tee I had an antihistamine and I was hoping like hell it wouldn’t get any worse,” said the veteran Victorian journeyman who was still shaking after his round.
“I really struggled playing nine and 10.
“Standing up straight, balance, being able to see and focus, I had blind spots in my vision. I wasn’t very happy at all.
At one point, a distressed McKenzie wrapped his arms and legs in cold wet towels.
Brisbane’s Michael Wright was one of several players to put himself into contention on moving day with his third round 68 to get to -6 along with Steven Jeffress (-6) and Marc Leishman (-5) whose 68 pushed him up the leaderboard into a tie for sixth five shots behind Scott.
Scott (71), Fowler (71) and McKenzie (72) amazingly played a combined 54 holes one over par.
Young trainee professional Jack Wilson’s 69 moved him to within five shots of Scott as the door opened slightly for an exciting final day’s action on Sunday.
Wilson said he planned to go out on Sunday and attack the course and hopefully make up the ground on Scott early.
“You bet. I’m going to put myself right in there … it would look pretty good (on the CV) I reckon,” he told PGA.org.au.
“I’ll be going hard tomorrow. I’m not here to come second."
“I’ll try to go out there and attack everything, you never
know I will see what happens.
Scott conceded the door had been opened just a little to his chasers.
“Absolutely,” said US Masters winner, looking to add the PGA to his Australian Open and Masters titles.
“It's bunched up a little more probably.
“We'll just have to see what tomorrow throws up. I'm just going to have to play good to win. You don't often play poorly and win a tournament.
“I'm going to have to play well and if someone comes out firing I'll have to maybe adjust the way I play as well.
“I'll just see what happens but I feel good after the back nine, I hit a lot of good shots and I'd like to take that into tomorrow."
Saturday November 9 - 3:00pm
Adam Scott has reclaimed the outright lead at -9 after narrowly missing an eagle on the 12th hole in his third round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on Saturday.
Scott started the day at -10 with a two shot lead but mid-round found himself in a three-way tie with American Rickie Fowler and playing partner David McKenzie starting the homeward nine.
The leader’s failure to get amongst the birdies has opened the door to their chasers with Gold Coast-based Steven Jeffress (-7) suddenly two shots off the pace.
Victorian professional Ashley Hall has also climbed into contention at -6 while Victorian trainee professional Jack Wilson has moved steadily up the leaderboard with two birdies to be at -5.
Saturday November 9 - 1:45pm
Adam Scott crashed out of the lead with back-to-back bogies early in his third round of the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
In the space of a few holes the tournament leaderboard underwent a dramatic change with Scott – who had been bogey free for 43 holes -- dropped shots on the 7th and 8th holes.
It opened the door for his playing partner, David McKenzie and young American Rickie Fowler to overtake him on -9 and Scott slipped back his overnight score of -10 back to -8.
The front nine drama continued to unfold though as first Folwer dropped a shot on the ninth and then McKenzie gave up the outright lead.
Saturday November 9 - 1:00pm
Birdies are proving difficult to come by for the leaders early in their third round of the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines.
Overnight leader Adam Scott (-10) and American Rickie Fowler (-8) have managed to scrounge up just one birdie between them in their first 9 holes.
David McKenzie -- playing alongside Scott in front of a
large gallery -- has recovered well from a bogey start with two birdies, moving
into outright second at -9 and just one shot out of the lead.
Players are again struggling to get the better of the lengthy Royal Pines layout which many predicted would be at their mercy before Thursday’s opening round.
Fowler shot an opening eight-under 63 on Thursday but since then the scoring has been subdued with hardly any chargers emerging from the pack.
Saturday November 9 - 12:30pm
Local hero Adam Scott and American star Rickie Fowler are out on the Royal Pines course looking to put a gap on their rivals in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship.
Folwer wasted no time bridging the gap on overnight leader Scott (-10) with an opening hole birdie to move to -8 and into a share of second spot with David McKenzie who has had a bogey-birdie start.
Scott meanwhile has opened with two pars.
With the wind continuing to gust as it did on Friday afternoon conditions will become progressively tougher as the day wears on.
Scott is playing in front of a very healthy gallery while Fowler is also towing around a nice crowd in the group in front of him.
Saturday November 9 - 11:15am
US-based Australian Cameron Percy is enjoying a good start
to his third round of the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
The 39 year-old who resides in North Carolina started the day even with the card but after 10 holes had moved to five under for the tournament and five shots behind overnight leader US Masters champion Adam Scott.
Percy was on fire on the front nine dropping birdie putts at the 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th before his only bogey of the day on the difficult 460m par 4 ninth hole dropped him back to four under.
The mishap though didn’t affect him as he bounced straight back with to birdie at the 10th hole.
The best completed round of the morning starters belonged to South Australian professional Peter Cooke who fired a four-under 67 to climb up the leaderboard.
Conditions are tipped to toughen up further this afternoon with winds predicted to gust between 15-30 knots when Scott (-10) and American star Rickie Fowler (-7) hit the Gold Coast course.
Saturday November 9 - 10.15am
Conditions are expected to again be tough for scoring when the
leaders – including US Masters champion and local favourite Adam
Scott – take to the RACV Royal Pines course today for the third
round of the Australian PGA Championship.
Blustery winds put the brakes on scoring on Friday afternoon with American Rickie Fowler taking nine more shots to negotiate the 6,747m course then he did with his record eight-under 63 on Thursday.
It allowed Scott, who enjoyed the better conditions in the morning, to take the tournament lead on -10 after adding a 67 to his opening 65 on a day dedicated to his US Masters victory with fans and even players wearing green.
Scott conceded a score of 20 under was still possible but stressed the afternoon winds which hit the course on Friday made Royal Pines tricky to play.
The greens may also quicken up if they dry out during the day and be harder to hold and to putt on.
Tour battle David McKenzie, enjoying a string of good luck in recent weeks, will play in the final group with Scott (11.50am Qld time) after opening with rounds of (65-69).
In the group in front of them will be Fowler, who said he’d be aiming for a solid round to keep him in contention, and Kiwi left-hander, Gareth Paddison, who’s been ultra consistent with rounds of 66-67 to be three shots adrift of Scott.
Wayne Heming is a respected journalist who has covered major sporting events in Australia and overseas for more than 40 years.