Four years ago Michael Wright had collected a double Australian Tour trophy after a win with the 2005 New South Wales Open and 2005 Toyota Southern Classic. With rounds of 66-62-64 at the NSW PGA Championship, being played at Wollongong Golf Club this week, Wright has a one stroke lead over Aaron Townsend moving into tomorrow's final round in an attempt to make it three Australian wins.
Wright displayed wonderful touch around the Wollongong links today as he continued to pepper the flags on his way to moving to 18-under-par after the third round. Townsend, winner of the 2008 New South Wales Open title, was a little unlucky with his round opening the door for Wright on the 17th when he missed an easy putt for par.
Victorian Peter Wilson is currently in 3rd position at 16-under, whilst Aaron Pike is in 4th position at 15-under. The round of the day came from Scott Arnold, who's since turned professional after winning the 2009 Australian Amateur title, with a peerless 9-under-par, 61, to move the European based Aussie into outright 5th at 14-under.
Wright, who is seeking to obtain playing rights this season in Japan, was remaining coy about his chances to take his first NSW PGA Championship title.
"I'll approach tomorrow like any other round," said Wright.
"You cannot go out there thinking that you got the title all wrapped up. Anything can happen, especially on a course like this. To win this tournament certainly would be something special and give my plenty of confidence to go to Japan with."
The Wollongong layout is a traditional links course position right on the coast. Whilst conditions have been relatively benign for the opening three rounds, Wright, who has qualified and played in two British Opens, hopes the wind blows for tomorrow's final round.
"To be honest, I how it blows a gale out there because I love it when the wind picks up," said Wright.
"This course will play totally different in the wind and I favour my chances under those conditions."
With five players within four strokes of Wright, including the informed Scott Arnold, the NSW PGA Championship is an open affair. Events of this nature and on the layouts they are played are usually conducive to low scoring, as seen with the number of rounds this week in the low 60's.
Wright hopes the wind will blow tomorrow and with links golf anything can and usually does happen. Again we have another tournament set for an exciting finish on the Australian Tour and should Wright's short game be again on song, you have to like his chances for that third Australian title.
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