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.

 Australian PGA Championship.

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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 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.

Sony Open, Rookie Russell Rips Up the Record Books.

Smashing debut

Winning Rookie Russell Henley / Petersen/Getty Images

The Sony Open was won by rookie Russell Henley on his Tour debut, and doing so he ripped up the standing records for just about everything.

Russell  finished at -24 under par and a total score of 256, breaking by four shots the Sony Open in Hawaii scoring record, last set by Brad Faxon in 2001. Russell relegated Tim Clark into second place by three shots, Tim was himself on fire, he birdied seven of his last eleven holes and actually only made up one shot on Russell, the rookie from the University of Georgia.

Russell is now tied at the top the FedEx Cup standings in the company of Dustin Johnson on 500 points. The win was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA TOUR history, two shots behind Tommy Armour III in 2003 at the Valero Texas Open. He also  set tournament records for the low 36-hole score after his 63-63 start, he shared the 54-hole record with Scott Langley and also set another tournament record with the lowest final round by a Champion.

Add to that he became the first PGA TOUR rookie to win his debut since Garrett Willis did at Tucson in 2001, and he will be going to the Masters in April, a local tournament for the boy from Macon, Georgia.

He said of his record breaking day that he had never been so nervous, you would not have imagined that watching him coming down the stretch on Sunday. He played the last nine holes superbly.

“I don’t really know what happened, honestly, this is the most nervous I’ve ever been. That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s been my goal to make it to the Masters my whole life. I’m kind of speechless right now.”

With the results  of his Tour season last year and this win Russell Henley has already made it into the world rankings inside the top fifty.  That ranking will get him into the Accenture-Match Play Championship for the top 64 in the world, the qualifying date is only a month away, and he should also be in line for the other WGC at the Cadillac Championship, and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, not forgetting the PGA Championship. All in all quite a PGA TOUR debut, I look forward to watching Russell this season, it will be interesting to see how far he can go, he obviously has the talent.