Australian PGA Championship. Cameron Smith Wins in a Play-off.


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Cameron Smith, Australia, wins the Australian PGA Championship in a play-off  at Royal Pines Resort.

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Cameron and Jordan Zunic finished the Australian PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at -18 under par, Cam with a final round -4 under 68, and Jordan, who slowed down from yesterdays masterpiece with a last round -1 under 71.

Cam won at the second extra hole, with his parents in the gallery;

“Neither my mum or dad were there for the (PGA Tour) win in New Orleans.”

“To be able to win in front of them and in front of other family and friends, and then winning in Queensland, makes it so much more special to me.”

“I haven’t even had time to process that but it’s been a really good year. My goals this year were to win one down here and it’s nice to tick that one off.”

“A bit of a grind out there today, waking up early to get away from this rain that mysteriously hasn’t come.”

“Yeah, tough day out there and congrats to Jordan as well, he played well.”

Jordan accepted defeat graciously;

“I’m pretty happy with everything this week.”

“I’ve come a long way from where I was last week and missing a few cuts, so I’m happy about that.”

“It’s always great. This is why we practice and this is why we dream to play these sort of events and play in front of huge crowds, I loved every minute of it.”

“I had my family in the crowd there and Olivia by my side there, my girlfriend caddying. “

“She was great, she helped me out through the whole way. You know, we did everything we could so that’s all I could do. Cam was just too good on the back.”

Adam Bland held third place, just one shot back at -17 under par after his final round -4 under 68.

Top foreign player was defending Champion Harold Varner 111, USA, with a last round -6 under par 66 which gave him 6th position on his own at -12 under par.

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Australian PGA Championship. Jordan Zunic Has Final Round Advantage.


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Jordan Zunic, Australia, has a final round advantage of three shots after an amazing Australian PGA Championship third round record equaling 64 at  Royal Pines Resort.

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For a long time it looked like Jordan would card the magic 59, but a mini collapse on the last two holes of bogey, double bogey, saw him sign for a -8 under par 64, to top the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard at  -17 under par;

“I just think of 16 good holes, that’s all I see in my mind and that’s all I’m sure we’ll talk about tonight because I played unbelievable golf for 16 holes.”

“If you had told me that I was going to have 64 at the start of today, I would have taken it, that’s for sure.”

“It was a shame what happened on the last two holes, but to be honest, I didn’t even do much wrong.”

“I still stuck to my processes on the last two holes, I just got a little bit unlucky on 17, I just pulled my 2 iron a little left.”

“And then on the last hole, my drive was pretty good, just slightly right of where I was trying to hit it and unfortunately caught that bunker as well.”

“In my mind I don’t really feel like I did much wrong even though I did drop a few on the last two holes.”

Cameron Smith holds second place with a -5 under 67 today, and at -14 under par still has a chance to win the title. He played alongside Jordan today saying it was just magic putting;

 “He was on a bit of a run, it was pretty incredible to watch actually, and in that wind he was just a magician on the greens as well. I think he would have had 15 putts through 14 holes, it was amazing.”

“I just didn’t let Jordan’s round get ahead of me there, I just kept doing what I was doing.”

“I knew I was playing well, I knew I was putting well. Just needed a couple of chances and took advantage of them.”

Rounding out an Australian top three is Adam Bland in third place, -1 under par 71 was not as good as the top two, but at -13 under he could still have a chance. 

Due to tomorrow’s afternoon inclement weather warnings tee times have been brought forward three hours, in the hope they can complete the tournament before the storm arrives.

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Australian PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship at the half-way stage, Marc Leishman and Adam Bland share the honor.

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Marc made some early birdies, and was feeling comfortable, returning a second round score of -7 under par 65, to share top spot at -12 under;

“I felt really good on the range and felt good yesterday as well. I was striking the ball well and thought I would be pretty aggressive all day, especially after making birdies on the first couple holes.”.

“When you’re on a run like that and playing well, you sort of can afford to be aggressive. If you make a few mistakes, you feel like you can make some birdies.”

Adam was happy to consolidate his good start to the tournament, a -6 under 66 second round, seeing him at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard ;

“It’s always great to get off to a flying start, but if you can’t back it up in the second round or at least be thereabouts, you’re kind of just chasing your tail for the rest of the week.”

“So it was really important to get off to a good start this morning and I seemed to do that, so it was great.”

“I feel like my game, like when I’ve been playing well, it’s been good.  I just haven’t caught the momentum so I can’t get really riding it and it’s been on and off.”

“This week I’ve hit a lot of shots close, which I haven’t in previous weeks.  So I’ve had a lot of real free birdies which has been nice and birdied a few par fives today so it was great.”

Another Aussie, Greg Chalmers has third place, two shots back at -10 under par, he carded a second round -6 under 66.

Best out-of-town player was defending champion Harold Varner 111, USA, known on the circuit as HV3,  a second round of -6 under 66 got him into a tie for seventh spot at -7 under for the competition.

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Australian PGA Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard at the end of day 1 at the Royal Pines Resort. Aussies Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland share the honor at -6 under par with first rounds of 66.

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Sergio Garcia, Spain, leads a posse of five players sharing third place at -5 under par after a bogey free 67;

“I wouldn’t say that it was amazing but it was good.”

 “The most positive thing for me would be to go a bogey-free round, which I didn’t realise until we got done.”

“I feel like mentally I’m not quite as sharp as I was probably a month ago or so. I guess the year is kind of draining a little bit.

“Hopefully I’m able to do more of the same but every day’s different. Every day’s a different story and it also depends on the weather. If it gets windy it can be quite tricky, this course.”

Other players on that -5 under par 67 score are, Marc Leishman, Peter Senior, Daniel Nisbet and Michael Wright, all from Australia.

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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.”