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.
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.