Aussie Brody Ninyette cheers the home fans as he now leads the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on day three.
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Brody, who usually plays on the co-sanctioning PGA Tour of Australasia, holds the lead at -8 under par going into the final round following a third round of -5 under par 67 today.
Brody admits that leading going into the final round is a new experience for him, and a victory would bring so many more benefits;
“I’ve been playing well the last few days, it was good to hole a few putts and get myself into contention. It’s obviously a very new experience, so try and get some sleep and see how we go tomorrow. Obviously being able to play in Europe next year, that would be one of the bigger things. Just getting to travel a lot more. It would be amazing it would be a whole new experience, getting out there and playing over there would be unreal to see how the world’s best do it. I’ve only played these sort of tournaments in Australia.”
“I just played great all day, I kept the ball in play and I holed the important putts I needed to hole. It’s a great score, just what I needed to move up in the field. Hopefully I will be in a good position tomorrow. I’m going to have fun tomorrow and enjoy. I’m on top of the leaderboard, so see what it brings.”
There are three players tied in second place, just one shot back at -7 under par, and one of them Brett Rumford equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 third round. Brett, a five-time European Tour winner, who claimed back-to-back titles in the Far East earlier this season, will pose a serious threat to young Brody. He had plenty to say;
“The greens were receptive with the wedges, and my wedge game was great today. It was a mixed bag of everything that was working well. It’s disappointing to have three putted the last, no doubt about it, but obviously my mind set, playing so well, was too aggressive on the last. It’s great to play in front of the local galleries. It was nice to get out there and just to play some nice golf.
“The crowds were starting to increase as my round progressed and it was giving me an indication of how I was going. It would be massive to win on home soil. You win a couple of times and you think, let’s go out and do it again but it doesn’t quite happen that way and you realise how hard it is to win out here.”
“There are so many great players, and the last nine holes of any championship can just swing so quickly, as it did in China. Mikko Ilonen got within one or two, whatever it was, and all of the sudden a few holes later, I’m leading by six just in the space of nothing and it can turn just as quick, negatively, as it can positively. I’ve got myself in position to win; I’ll be working hard and that’s what I’ll be focusing on for the next 24 hours. Winning in front of your home crowd, there would be nothing better than that, that’s for sure.”
Sharing second place with Brett are Korean Jin Jeong -3 under par 69 third round and Dane J.B. Hansen who had a -6 under par 66. But everyone here is expecting a home win tomorrow.