Brody Ninyette has lead in Perth
BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 The Perth International | Round Three | 19 Oct 2013
West Australian Brody Ninyette will take a one shot lead into the final round of the ISPS HANDA Perth International.
Ninyette fired a 5-under 67 in the third round to be 8-under the card and just one shot clear of fellow West Australian Brett Rumford, Dane JB Hansen and South Korean Jin Jeong.
In just his second year on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Ninyette said leading Australia’s richest tournament into the final round is a new experience.
“I’ve been playing well the last few days. It was good to hole a few putts and get myself into contention. It’s a totally new experience but definitely exciting,” said 26-year-old Ninyette.
A European Tour co-sanctioned tournament, a win at the ISPS HANDA Perth International would provide many opportunities to Ninyette, including status on the Tour for the next two years.
“It would be a whole new experience, getting out there and playing,” added Ninyette.
“I’ve only played these sorts of tournaments in Australia. So whoever comes over from America , I watch them a lot, see how they play the game and see how it’s different.
“But definitely it would be amazing to see how everyone else does it as well.”
European Tour winner Brett Rumford embraced the tough weather conditions to shoot a 7-under 65 and equal the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course record.
“It was a tough day. It was very blustery. We had some really heavy downpours, which made the golf course very tough,” said Rumford.
“I think I’ve always found that playing in harder conditions has suited me.”
Rumford was 8-under after 17 holes before a bogey on his last, the ninth, cost him the equal lead.
“My short game was sharp. It was disappointing to have 3 putted the last, no doubt about it,” added Rumford.
“My mindset, playing so well, was too aggressive on the last. I wanted to hole it really badly.
“Obviously I’ll learn from that and take it into tomorrow. I’m happy with my position.”
The third round of the ISPS HANDA Perth International was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th by New South Wales Professional Rohan Blizard. He achieved the feat hitting a 4iron 196 metres.
Moments later his feat was usurped by Victorian David McKenzie who aced the 192 metre par-3 8th using a 20 degree rescue club. For his efforts McKenzie won a Volkswagen Golf 90TSI.
“Before the 8th I wasn’t doing too well but the hole in one was a fantastic kick start,” said McKenzie who is 2-under the card and tied 21st on the leaderboard.
“When I was teeing off the hole, the ball actually didn’t go where I was aiming but it worked out alright. I didn’t see it go in but I heard everyone yelling and screaming so I thought something had happened. When everyone went ‘up’ then I knew.”
Sitting at 6-under the card, two shots off the lead and rounding out the top-5 are Australians Jason Scrivener and James Nitties, Englishman Richard Finch and Ross Fisher as well as Swede Fred Andresson Hed.
Defending Champion Bo Van Pelt is lurking four shots of the lead at 4-under the card while countryman Dustin Johnson is tied 51st on the leaderboard.
South African Branden Grace had his best round of the tournament shooting 3-under 69 to be 1-under the card and tied 25th.
208 B Ninyette (Aus) 72 69 67;
209 J Hansen (Den) 70 73 66; J Jeong (Kor) 68 72 69; B Rumford (Aus) 71 73 65;
210 R Finch (Eng) 72 69 69; J Scrivener (Aus) 75 67 68; R Fisher (Eng) 72 67 71; F Andersson Hed (Swe) 69 73 68; J Nitties (Aus) 68 73 69;
211 M Hoey (Nir) 73 69 69; D Willett (Eng) 72 71 68; J Sjöholm (Swe) 71 73 67;
212 S Hansen (Den) 71 69 72; D Papadatos (Aus) 69 71 72; P Hedblom (Swe) 68 69 75; B Van Pelt (USA) 70 71 71;
213 M Fraser (Aus) 72 70 71; J Younger (Aus) 70 70 73; N Cullen (Aus) 69 73 71; O Fisher (Eng) 72 72 69;
214 N O’Hern (Aus) 69 73 72; G Paddison (Nzl) 74 69 71; D McKenzie (Aus) 75 68 71; S Wakefield (Eng) 72 74 68;