Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Zunic has 8-under 64, takes 3rd-round lead at Australian PGA

Zunic has 8-under 64, takes 3rd-round lead at Australian PGA

The 25-year-old from Wollongong defied the tricky winds at Royal Pines to dominate on Saturday with 11 birdies to finish 17-under par.

Ryan Fox was the best of the Kiwis at three-under for the tournament after a one-under 71.

Leishman, Australia's newly-crowned golfer of the year, produced seven birdies and an eagle in a seven-under par 65 as he looked to attack the Royal Pines course at every opportunity yesterday morning.

Smith had started three shots behind overnight leader Zunic but stormed into contention with five birdies and a bogey on the front nine.

"If we don't have a great day tomorrow, then it's going to be tough because those guys are playing well and they're not going to back up much", he said. However, that faded with a bogey on the 17th and a double on the last.

The Sydney-based Zunic has already endured an eventful career.

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Admitting to be struggling with form this season, Zunic said earlier in the week that reading a book written by fellow pro Nick O'Hern had brought clarity to his game.

The in-form Leishman, who many expected to run away with the tournament, had a disappointing two-over 74 to be on 10-under alongside David Bransdon.

The 25-year old got off a fast start, draining a long range putt on the first, nearly acing the par three second and then popped in another birdie on the third to move into a share of the lead.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia was back on eight-under after carding a 70.

Play was brought forward by nearly three hours, with a 6am tee-off time, in a bid to avoid possibly severe thunderstorms forecast to hit the Gold Coast in the afternoon.

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