Play halted at Australian PGA Championship

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian PGA Championship | Round Three | 30 Nov 2002
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Day three at the Australian PGA dawned fine and mild with temperatures forecast to get to the early thirties my mid afternoon and with the humidity increasing the likelihood of a typical afternoon storm grew.

Early movers on day three were Matthew Ecob, who reached five under for the day and four under for the tournament when he eagled the par five twelfth. His run ended with a double bogey on the seventeenth but his was a good run coming just a few weeks after missing stage two qualifying in the US.

Parry opened with two birdies and, the prediction early in the week that he would yet figure in the finish, seemed a possibility. From there on however it was fourteen straight pars until the siren sounded warning a halt to play for due to lingering storms.

Others too were making runs. Appleby, who had such a disappointing first day, bounced back on day two with a 67 and then early in round three it was looking like the almost impossible could still happen. He was out in 32 and at seven under through nine when the leaders were through just four holes, a strong back nine from Appleby may have given those behind something to think about and chase.

But back to the leaders and Baddeley was first to move. An opening par was followed by a birdie then a bogey but after two magnificent shots to the par five fourth, he set himself up with a ten-foot eagle chance. That he made and he had joined Moseley again, as the leader also had birdied the fourth.

Lonard with birdies at two and four joined the fray again at thirteen under and it was developing into a race in three although those behind were by no means out of the equation. Norman the man so many came to see was making a run that had started on the tenth and included four birdies in the next eight holes until play was called ultimately for the day.

With storm clouds brewing the decision to call a halt to play for the first time came at 2.53. Nearly two hours later the decision was made to call a halt for the day. Storm cells in the area were just too threatening for play to be resumed and so the leaders were stranded on the 11th hole.

Play will resume tomorrow morning at 7.00 am with the completion of round three, with the final round to start at 10.00am. Two tees are to be used, the top thirty to play off the first, the balance to start on the tenth. The final group is to tee off at 12.30.

Overnight, Moseley leads at 16 under by two from Baddeley with Lonard one further back. Nick O’Hern and Adam Le Vesconte. Adam Scott is next at ten under, with a perhaps a threatening Norman at eight under.

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