Burge challenges lead early on day three

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian PGA Championship | Round Three | 08 Dec 2007

New South Wales golfer Ben Burge is the surprise mover on day three of the Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The New South Welshman, who has played mainly on the Korean and Von Nida Tours this season, teed off mid-morning and raced to the turn in 29 to move from his overnight score of 2 under to 9 under and found himself within one shot of Adam Scott’s lead.

Following overnight rain, the conditions were conducive to low scoring and it was not only Burge, who would take advantage of the mild and warm Saturday morning.

Stephen Leaney, who was perhaps buoyed by his partner’s scoring streak, was out in 31 himself to move to seven under for the tournament and within three.

The scoring is expected to be good all day and the moves made by the early starters today, while significant, will be put in perspective when the leaders tee off just before midday.

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T2 -20 Peter Lonard Australia 66 69 68 65 268
2 -17 David Smail New Zealand 67 69 67 68 271
T3   ↑T16 -15 Greg Chalmers Australia 72 70 66 65 273
T3   ↓T2 -15 Michael Sim Australia 65 73 65 70 273
T3   ↑T12 -15 Scott Laycock Australia 69 67 71 66 273
T6   ↓T2 -14 Adam Bland Australia 68 70 65 71 274
T6   ↑T7 -14 Adam Scott Australia 67 67 72 68 274
T8   ↑T29 -13 Nathan Green Australia 71 69 71 64 275
T8   ↓T7 -13 Richard Green Australia 66 74 66 69 275
T10   ↑T19 -12 J.b. Holmes United States 66 73 70 67 276
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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