Diaz, McIntosh share Queensland Open lead
BY iseekgolf.com | Von Nida Tour | 2005 Queensland Open | Round Three | 05 Nov 2005
David Diaz lay down the challenge and Brad McIntosh responded with an eagle at the last hole to ensure it’s all square at the top of the leaderboard going into tomorrow’s final round of the Roadcon Group Queensland Open.
Starting the day four strokes adrift of McIntosh, Victorian Diaz shot a superb 65 and held a two-shot advantage going into the 18th. But McIntosh, who battled with an upset stomach and a wayward game for most of the day, chipped in from 30 metres short of the green to finish with a 69 and ensure the pair were tied at 17-under after 54 holes.
Diaz and McIntosh will be joined in tomorrow’s final group by Sunshine Coast product Tony Carolan, who shot 65 today to finish at 14 under.
“If I can do that again, I’ll have a show, but the problem might be that Brad’s got his bad round out of the way,” Carolan said.
McIntosh backed himself to return to his form of the first two rounds when he shot 64 and 66.
“I’m going to out there tomorrow expecting to shoot 65 to win,” the big-hitting left-hander said. “I’ll just be taking the same approach as I have the last three days. I didn’t execute it as well today but hopefully it works again tomorrow.”
Diaz, 37, was equally as confident he could produce the goods again tomorrow to win the $105,000 Von Nida Tour event.
“I’ve got no doubt I’ve got the ability and talent to play the game,” Diaz said. “Hopefully, the luck, the bounce and everything’s on my side.”
Brendan Chant’s 64, leaves him overall at 10-under, was the round of the day.
Jason Day shot 66 to move to nine-under and be the leading amateur.
Play was halted for almost an hour today because of stormy conditions and it’s feared tomorrow’s play could also be affected.
Source – Queensland PGA