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ISPS Handa Perth International. Aussie Brody Cheers Home Fans.

Aussie Brody Ninyette cheers the home fans as he now leads the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on day  three.

Brody Ninyette  (Getty Images)

Brody Ninyette / Getty Images

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.

ISPS Handa Perth International. Hedblom Still Hoping.

Peter Hedblom is still hoping he can avoid the trip to Q School, he is now alone at the top of the leaderboard in the ISPS Handa Perth International.

Peter Hedblom  (Getty Images)

Peter Hedblom / Getty Images

Peter shot a second round -3 under par 69, at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course, giving him a tournament total of -7 under par, a two shot advantage over his nearest competitor.  He admits he loves the idea of a fairy tale victory;

 “Definitely, I love fairy tales, my best friend on Tour, Michael Jonzon, in 2009 he was like me, way back and needed to win. I think he needed top three in Castellón in 2009, which was his last tournament, and he won it, beat Martin Kaymer. That was a fairytale story. It’s been two great days, But my golf is strange right now, because I hit really good shots, and some really poor shots, but my putting has been good. So it’s great right now to be leading. It’s been a while, 2009 was my last win, but I know I have the game to do it. Right now would be good. We’ll see, I think the closer you get to Sunday it’s going to be harder. I don’t really have anything to lose. If I want to play another full year on Tour, I need to win. You just have to go for it and have fun.”

In second place on his own at -5 under par is Ross Fisher, who carded a second round of -5 under par following his open even par round. Ross has his own agenda, he is currently 65th in The Race to Dubai and looking to break into the top 60, the players who will earn a place in next month’s DP World Tour Championship;

“I want to try and get in the top 60, It would be for me a great achievement having played the first half of the year in the States. My first tournament in Europe counting wise wasn’t till May. 
So I’ve always been playing catch up, but I can be really proud of how I’ve played the second half of the year. A good week here, hopefully that gets me into next week in China. Not out of the question if I won this week, hopefully that would put me into the HSBC, that would be huge. There are some big tournaments left. Obviously this week first and hopefully I can do enough here to get myself into next week, possibility the HSBC, Turkey and Dubai. 
The ultimate goal would be to get myself into Dubai, but I need to play very well this week to allow myself to try and get into next week.”

Sóren Hansen was a member of Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup team in 2008, he is one of five players tied in third place at -4 under par. Sóren  is in the top 40 career earners and thus exempt for next year, he is in a safe position;

“Obviously that relaxes me a little bit and I feel for the guys who are playing for their privilege to play on The European Tour. I played with Oliver Fisher and he’s played really, really good the last two days, shot level par, but should probably have been a lot better really. I feel for him and hope he can have a good week.”

European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

Alejandro Cañizares/getty images

Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.

 

 

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