David McKenzie will be a hunted man tomorrow in the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship.
Heading into the final round at Huntingdale Golf Club, McKenzie has a four shot lead with a field of competitors hungry for a win trying to chase him down.
Overcoming a bogey on the 1st and holding on as the wind got up at the end of the day, McKenzie fired 3-under 69 to be 15-under the card after 54 holes.
A win tomorrow would be a huge boost for the veteran Victorian who is aiming for a start in the Perth International.
Sitting outright second and also overcoming a challenging start to his day is New Zealander Brad Shilton who ended the day with a 1-under 70.
A further shot back on 10-under the card is defending champion Aaron Townsend with a group of seven players, including James Nitties, Aron Pice and Matt Griffin rounding out the top-10 on 8-under the card.
In the Victorian PGA Amateur Challenge, Sam Newman wasn't able to hold onto his overnight lead to win the event.
With a score of 31-under the card, Robert Wright and his Professional Daniel Fox claimed victory by six shots.
The final round of the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship tees off tomorrow at 9.20am with the last group of McKeznie, Shilton and Townsend out at 11am.
David McKenzie, 66, 66, 69, 15-under, 1st
"I bogeyed the first which wasn't my ideal start but from there through 10 holes I played, not quite flawless, but as good as I could hope for."
"I three putted 11 and it just seemed to get tight around the back-9."
"When I got to 12-under I thought why not shoot another 12-under. That was my picture, to shoot 12-under in the last two rounds. That means I need to shoot really low tomorrow."
"If I was coming down the last hole with a four shot lead then I would definitely think that's enough. But you never know what's going to happen. It's a golf course where you can quite easily make a couple of bogeys and someone else a couple of birdies and all of sudden you can be tied again."
Brad Shilton, 64, 70, 71, 11-under, 2nd
"The wind really got up on the back-9 for us. It was pretty late, you really only felt it the last couple of holes."
"I started pretty poorly today. I hit a few bad shots and missed a couple of putts that I might have made the last couple of days."
"I am pretty happy to finish off 1-under, I think I was 3-under in the last 10 holes."
"I was just trying to be patient really. I made the same bad swing three of four times in the first seven holes. I figured out what the issue was and managed to fix that and hit it really well the last 10-12 holes."
"He (McKenzie) played really well today, especially early on, if he does that again it will be pretty tough to catch him."
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