Australian PGA Championship. H.V.3 Is Champion.

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H.V.3, Harold Varner the Third, is the Australian PGA Championship 2016 Champion at the Gold Coast in Australia, his maiden Tour victory.

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Harold shot -7 under par 65 in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship, to cruise to victory with a -19 under par total, and a two shot win. Last year he lost in a play-off, this year he returns in glory to claim the title;

“That was pretty awesome, I had a lot of fun out there today.”

“I’ve thought a lot about losing the play-off here last year, it was the closest I came to winning last season so it’s been playing on my mind a little bit.”

“I’m now a much better, more mature player than I was 12 months ago and this win is big for me.”

“Winning is hard, I don’t care where you tee it up, so to get it done feels great.”

Andrew Dodt was looking for a wire to wire win, but could not keep up with the leader over the closing nine holes, -3 under par 69 last round for a -17 under par total, and second place.

Adam Scott, who has won this title before had to settle for third place, at -15 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 not good enough to mount a serious challenge.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Still Leads.

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Andrew Dodt still leads the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew carded -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard, a two-stroke advantage going into the final round.

Andrew has won before, but this one would be a wire to wire victory;

“It would be one of my biggest achievements, for sure, I mean, I’ve thought about it a couple of times this week but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself.”

“You just want to play each round.”

“It would be huge. All the top guys have won the Australian PGA, so it would be nice to put my name alongside them.”

“My wins have been from behind so this position is new to me, which is nice, I’m enjoying it. I’m really trying to embrace it and enjoy my time out there on the course.

“The first three rounds are irrelevant now. There are a lot of solid players, world class players behind me, so I’ve got to keep the foot down tomorrow and keep playing the way I’m playing.”

Chasing him down those two shots are Harold Varner 111, -5 under 67 in the third round, and Ashley Hall, -2 under 70, both players sharing second spot at -12 under par.

American Harold will take all the good breaks he can get;

“I need to play some good golf tomorrow, for sure.”

“I’d take a play-off because it means I have a chance. I have to play 18 holes to get there. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

 “I finished amazingly well. Eagles are always good and I had two in the last four. I got a little lucky on the 17th because it hit the pin and went in when it could have just as easily bounced off the green.”

“But it was tough out there, when the wind blows hard here you just need to try to hang in there and not make too many mistakes.”

Adam Scott, -2 under 70, and John Senden, -4 under 68 are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt has 36 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt has the 36 hole lead at the Australian PGA Championship at  RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew fired a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Australian PGA Championship by two shots going into the week-end with his -12 under total.

Playing well all day, and making birdies with good putting;

The first handful of holes were really solid then I made a few birdies.”

“The first nine holes were really solid and then the back nine was as good as it gets, really. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and holed some putts.”

“It was pretty tricky this afternoon with the breeze. The back nine it died down a little bit.”

“It was just a really solid day’s work.

“I’ll take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time. I’m really happy with where I’m at mentally, I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -10 under par is Ashley Hall, a -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place is the large figure of Adam Scott, -4 under 68 today, he is joined by Ryan Fox, from New Zealand, who carded -3 under 69 today, both players at -8 under.

Adam, who has Steve Williams on the bag, expects the conditions to get tougher;

“It didn’t look pretty at the start but somehow I was two under after three and then hung in there and finished well.”

“Maybe that momentum off the last three holes is something to carry over for the rest of the week.”

“There was lots of good solid stuff and a quick start and a quick finish adds up to a good score.”

“I was just treading water for a while but those holes, it was never the perfect number. I was cautious of going over the green in between clubs and you just have to be patient and it paid off, because I birdied the last three.”

“Hopefully, that was our best conditions, maybe, this morning. It was lovely and the wind hadn’t really picked up that much at all, so it was very manageable.”

“I expect tomorrow afternoon to be a lot tougher and like I’ve said for a couple of days, you know you’re going to have to hit a lot of greens this week, because chipping is very difficult.”

Ryan was happy to be bogey free today;

“I’m really happy, it’s a tricky course, I think we’ve probably got the best of the conditions but it was still enough breeze out there to make it difficult.”

“I played really solid, no bogeys today and made a couple of putts, which was nice.”

“I think every afternoon is probably going to be a little breezy like it’s been earlier in the week and makes it really tough to score.”

“As soon as the golf course dries out it gets really tough to hit it on the greens and there is a real penalty for missing some of the greens around here.”

“So it’s nice to be in this position to start off with but it’s going to be a little bit of a grind for the rest of the week, I think.”

Australian PGA Championship. Nathan Holman with Maiden Win.

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Aussie Nathan Holman claimed his maiden professional tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, in a play-off at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

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Nathan, Harold Varner 111 and Dylan Frittelli finished the Australian PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at even par, after four tough windy Rounds in Australia.

Nathan had a +1 over par final round to get to par, Harold  and Dylan were both +3 over par 75.

Nathan made par at the first extra hole, the 466 yard par four 18th to win, after finishing bogey, bogey, to get to the the play-off, when winning outright in the first place looked an easier option;

“It was pretty annoying to almost lose it at the end.”

Zander Lombard was in fourth place, at +1 over, with a last round +4 over par 76, for a +1 over total.

Australian PGA Championship. Three-Way Tie In Round 3.

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At the end of round three in the  Australian PGA Championship, there is a three-way tie at the op of the leaderboard at a  wind-swept RACV Royal Pines Resort course. South Africans Dylan Frittelli and Zander Lombard share the lead with Harold Varner III from the USA.

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Dylan, and Zander struggled in the wind, both posting -1 under par 71 today, while Harold dealt with the conditions very well to card the low round of the day, -6 under 66. These guys are at -3 under for the tournament, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Harold recently graduated from the Web.com Tour to the US PGA Tour, and is looking to achieve his first US Tour win. He gave us his thoughts on the windy conditions;

“The wind’s a pain right now.”

“I haven’t played in that much wind in a long time.”

“When bad things happen, you’ve just got to shake it off and go onto the next one. Today I did that really well.”

“I was playing pretty well the first two days, just a few mistakes and didn’t hole many putts, but I am just looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow.”

 “I can’t get too wild tonight, so I’m going to calm down.” 

“The game plan will be to do what I did today because obviously that was pretty good.”

” Nothing crazy, just do the same thing I’ve been doing the last year I guess, just trying to get better. Tomorrow I’m going to get better.”

Zander, also looking for his maiden win, said he will have some nerves on the tee tomorrow;

“I played really well today, kept it in the right spots again and just stuck it out.” 

“There’s definitely some nerves on the first tee tomorrow, but as soon as I get into the game and start to go through my processes, just get back into the zone and play my golf, I am okay.” 

“Tomorrow is going to be tough but it would be a dream come true to win and I’m going to play my best tomorrow for it.”

Dylan, also seeking his first win, gave himself a lot of good putts;

“One under par is always good in tough conditions like this.”

“The front nine was consistent golf, hit a lot of greens; left myself a lot of putts and back nine was slightly different, had a bit of a speed wobble there coming in with a bogey on 16 and then birdie on 17, but I was really happy with the way I played.”

Nathan Holman is the best placed Aussie player, alone in fourth place at -1 under par, a -2 under 70 today lifting him up the table.

Australian PGA Championship. Lingmerth Leads.

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Swede David Lingmerth leads the Australian PGA Championship after 36 holes at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland.

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David Lingmerth

David shot a -4 under par 68 to top the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes, at -3 under par and will take a one shot lead into the week-end.

There are six players tied in second place, all at -2 under par, 40 year-old Mark Foster, +1 over 73 today, is still there, with 1st round leader Zander Lombard, +3 over 75, Peter Uihlein, -5 under 67, Matthew Millar, -2 under 70, Pablo Martin Benavides, -5 under 67, and Dylan Frittelli with an even par 72 second round.

The next five players are at -1 under par, Todd Sinnott, Jason Scrivener, Ashley Hall, Tom Lewis and Rhein Gibson.

Rhein started with bogey and then came alive with an Eagle;

“I started bogey bogey to go to 9-over for the tournament and I really didn’t want to be here.” 

“I thought back to Pampling’s round on Sunday, he bogeyed the first and shot 10-under around The Aussie.”

“I chipped in for eagle on 9, which was the turning point; it kind of gave me a sniff of making the cut, because that was really my main goal today, after playing so poorly yesterday.”

“It’s surreal, I played the last 10 holes, 8, 9-under, whatever I did, so that 9 holes got me back in the tournament.”
 
“To be able to do that on a Friday to make the cut and get back in contention, it’s probably better than 55.”

Australian PGA Championship. Zander Lombard Leads

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South African Zander Lombard leads after the first round of the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort, in Queensland.

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Zander carded a bogey free first round -5 under par 67, in the calmer afternoon conditions at the Australian PGA Championship to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two shot lead.

The early strong winds up on Queensland’s Gold Coast, led to only six players finishing under par at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

40-year-old Englishman Mark Foster holds second place on his own at -3 under par, he racked up 4 bogey’s in his opening round in fierce winds, but held on to keep in touch with the leader.

Sharing third place are Dylan Frittelli, from South Africa and top Aussie for the day Ashley Hall, both a -2 under.

Greg Chalmers will be seeking to successfully defend his title, but an opening round of +4, 76 did not do his cause any good. He was pretty honest with why things have not worked out for him this year;

“It’s hard to change the stripes on a leopard, isn’t it. Is it effort?”

“I’ve hit the ball nicely this year. My last great putting round was probably this one a year ago.”

“It’s the little things in golf that stack up.”

“It’s a chip or a putt you don’t make and all of a sudden you’re one over instead of even and you’re going in the wrong direction.”