NZ Open Round 3 State of Play Live

Bringing you updates from Round 3 of the 2014 #NZOpen at The Hills & Millbrook golf courses in Queenstown New Zealand.

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Thanks for joining us for the 3rd round. We will be back tomorrow for an action packed final round.

For a full wrap from round 3 please click here.

For all round 3 Pro scores please click here.

For all round 3 team scores please click here.

For all round 4 tee times please click here.

For photos from round 3 please click here.

By the numbers...

5          The number of consecutive birdies Bland had today

3          Papadatos’ best finish in a tournament to date, occurred at the Perth International

4          The number of eagles scored today

10        The number of birdies on Adam Bland’s card today

11        The number of years since a Kiwi has won the NZ Open

14        The number of months Dimi Papadatos has been a Professional

18        The age difference between Papadatos and Lee

30        Of the top-32 players were under par today

36        under-par, the leading team score set by Brody Ninyette and Sam Hamilton

58        Players at even par or better after three rounds



At the end of the third round this is how we stand....




"I gave myself the wrong yardage on the last hole. I had a look back through my yardage book and instead of adding on from the red dot I subtracted. Nothing but myself to blame," Dimi Papadatos.




"I had to stay patient, I had a lot of chances throughout the day. I’m a patient kind of person and it happened in a big flurry at the end.," said Ash Hall.

Saturday 1st March 2014, 5.51pm

Ash Hall has come out of nowhere! Thanks to a birdie, eagle, birdie finish he is now 10-under the card and T2.

Also coming out of nowhere was a double bogey on the par-5 17th for Mark Brown. He has also dropped to 10-under.

Joining the pair is Richard Lee.

Dimi Papadatos continues to lead by three shots.

For all live scores please click here.

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"It was a magical day and amazing to do it in front of my family and friends. If I can put something like that together tomorrow it would be a pretty exciting day," said Craig Palmer who is playing the NZ Open at his home course, The Hills.





Saturday 1st March 2014, 4.57pm

Kiwi Mark Brown is doing his best to chase down Papadatos. An eagle on the par-5 13th followed by a birdie on the 14th was looking the goods to reduce the lead.

However Papadatos answered with a birdie of his own on the 13th. He retains his three shot lead with five holes to play.

Overnight co-leader Richard Lee has also picked up a shot to be T2 and tied leading Kiwi with Brown.

Of the 71 players to make the cut just 20 are over par today including overnight co-leader Adam Blyth.

Blyth continues to be in the mix at 8-under the card.

For all live scores please click here.

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Saturday 1st March 2014, 4.12pm

Papadatos continues to churn out the birdies and keep the bogeys off his scorecard.

He is 5-under today to have a three shot lead at 12-under the card.

In just his second year on Tour, leading such a big tournament is a new experience for Dimi however being in contention isn’t. He finished T3 at the Perth International.

From the Central Coast of NSW, Papadatos is being mentored by PGA TOUR winner Andre Stolz.

The Hills PGA Professional Craig Palmer birdied the last to finish post a 7-under 65 and be T2.

Palmer is now being interviewed on the live stream.

For all live scores please click here.



"The last few days I haven’t been able to convert the good shots so today was a little bit different," said Adam Bland who has scores of 73, 70, 64.



The team working hard to bring you the LIVE STREAM direct from The Hills. Tune in to watch all the moving day action.


Saturday 1st March 2014, 3.18pm

Young gun Dimi Papadatos continues to lead but check out these rounds from South Australian Adam Bland and The Hills PGA Professional Craig Palmer.

Plenty of birdies moving them up the leaderboard!






Saturday 1st March 2014, 2.18pm

The Aussies have hit the outright lead. Dimi Papadatos is 2-under after 4 holes to be tied with Adam Blyth at 9-under.

Some of you may recognise the name Dimi Papadatos, 2013 was his first season on the PGA Tour of Australasia and he finished T3 at the Perth International, Australia’s richest tournament.

Richard Lee was off to a good start with a birdie however two consecutive bogeys have dropped him to T3. He is also tied with Mathew Perry as the leading Kiwi.

Adam Bland is through 15 holes and his round has been anything but bland. The left hander has had eight birdies, two bogeys and just five pars. Hopefully he can add some more red numbers to that.

Bland is currently 7-under the card and T6.

For all live scores please click here.

Want to play like a Pro? Practice like a Pro! Scott Strange and Matt Griffin go through their practice routines...

Edit NZ Open 2014 - Routine on the Range with Scott Strange
by New Zealand Open via YouTube

NZ Open 2014 - Routine on the Range with Matt Griffin
by New Zealand Open via YouTube


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Saturday 1st March 2014, 1.25pm

One of New Zealand’s rising stars Ryan Fox has opened his round with an eagle to move into a share of third on 3-under the card.

He is joined by two of Australia’s rising stars Matt Jager and Bryden Macpherson.

Macpherson will this year play his second Open Championship due to his performance in the Australian Open last year.

Aaron Townsend has four birdies on his scorecard and is in a share of 8th.

The leading pair of Richard Lee and Adam Blyth are now on course.

For all live scores please click here.


It's an unusual breakfast but it seems to be paying off for Gareth Paddison who is 2-under after 6 holes, 5-under for the tournament and T14.

NZ Open 2014 - Gareth Paddison - Breakfast of Champions
by New Zealand Open via YouTube

Saturday 1st March 2014, 12.11pm

There are plenty of birdies being made with the leaderboard starting to change.

Craig Palmer, the PGA Professional at The Hills, is utilising all his local knowledge to be 3-under after 5 holes. He has now moved inside the top-10.

Also making a move is Gareth Paddison. He is also 5-under and T7 with Palmer and David Bransdon who opened his round with an eagle.

The next group on the tee is David Klein and Terry Pilkadaris.

For all live scores please click here.

Saturday 1st March 2014, 11.25am

Peter Wilson continues to keep moving up the leaderboard. He is now 4-under after 11 holes and is now T17.

Michael Hendry is now also making birdies. He is 2-under after 10 holes but is just 1-under for the tournament and a long way off the lead. He was hoping to win three consecutive tournaments at The Hills but will have to go on a birdie blitz in his closing holes to have a sniff of the lead.

On the team leaderboard Brody Ninyette and his amateur partner Sam Hamilton continue on the merry way. They are 2-under today, 27-under for the tournament and lead but six shots.

For all the Pro scores please click here.

For all the team scores please click here.


Saturday 1st March 2014, 10.10am

There is a lot up for grabs this week.

The winner will receive AU$141,169.86 in prize money and Official World Golf Ranking points.

As well as full exemption on to the PGA Tour of Australasia for three years, the winner will earn a spot in three  Japan Golf Tour tournaments including the Japan Golf Tour Championship. 

So far Peter Wilson is the lowest man on course. He is 3-under after 7 holes to be inside the top-30.

For all live scores please click here.


Saturday 1st March 2014, 9am

As the saying goes, it’s moving day here at the NZ Open.

Stephen Dartnall, Peter Wilson and Michael Tran are all under-par early and will be hunting plenty of birdies to move up the leaderboard.

For all live scores please click here.









Saturday 1
st March 2014, 8am

Welcome to round three of the New Zealand Open.

The halfway cut was made at 1-over the card with 71 Professionals making it through to the weekend rounds.

The freezing weather in round 2 slowed down the scoring. Kiwi Richard Lee made it safely into the clubhouse before the worst of the weather set in and leads at 9-under the card.

Aussie Adam Blyth didn’t seem bothered by the cold as he fired a 7-under the card to join Lee in the lead at 9-under. That was a seriously impressive effort from Blyth but two hole outs and just 19 putts certainly helps put a low score on the board.

For a full recap on the round two action check out yesterday’s State of Play or read the daily wrap article here.

Marquee groups to watch in round 3....
12.37pm   1st     David Klein (NZ) & John Guthrie (am), Terry Pilkadaris (VIC)

12.48pm   1st     Mark Brown (NZ) & Stephen Flemming (am), Ryan Fox (NZ) & Mike Pollock (am)

12.59pm   1st     Bryden Macpherson (VIC), Matt Jager (WA) & Craig Heatley (am)

1.10pm     1st     Dimi Papadatos (NSW) & Les Richardson (am), Mathew Perry (NZ)

1.21pm     1st     Adam Blyth (QLD) & Ross Smith (am), Richard Lee (NZ) & Phil Keoghan (am)


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