Nathan Green and Dylan Perry couldn’t be separated after the third round of final stage of ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School and will head into the final round tied for the lead.
Playing together after co-leading overnight, Green and Perry each fired rounds of 1-under 71 to be 7-under the card after three days playing the open course at Moonah Links.
“It was a bit of a slow start. I was 1-over through nine holes and was doing just enough to get through the poor weather. But then I had a couple under on the back-9 so I am still in a good spot for tomorrow,” said Perry.
While Green felt like he ground out his round today; “My 71 was a bit of a struggle, Dylan’s 71 was pretty cruisey. I made some good birdies when I needed to, the ones on 9 and 10 to get back to 1-under were really solid.
“I had a couple of drives today that dipped back into bunkers which were probably just a metre away from being good. I am happy with it; I hung in there pretty well and it’s good to still be up there, I thought someone might have gone a bit lower today.”
At different stages of their career, Perry is looking to secure status on his home Tour for the first time after he turned professional at the NSW Open in November.
While Nathan Green, a former PGA TOUR winner, is looking to secure status to give him the opportunity to play tournament golf when he feels the competitive urge strike him.
However, both players have winning on their mind as they chase the ultimate goal, a tour card which will provide them a spot in all the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia biggest tournaments including the ISPS HANDA Vic Open, ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.
“Obviously it’s in the back of all our minds, I can’t say that I haven’t thought about it but I just have to keep my head down for another 18 holes. Hopefully I can put a good score on the board and it’s enough to get over the line,” added Perry.
While Green added, “I came down here hoping to get a card and if I didn’t it was no real issue, but I will still be nervous tomorrow, it’s good to be in this position. I haven’t been playing great golf the last few years, just playing part-time but today there were glimpses of how I used to play.
“I keep playing just in the off chance something sparks; I think nearly every golfer thinks their best golf is just around the corner.
“But I would love to be able to play really good golf again. I don’t think I would change my schedule too much, I would play all the big ones, but we will see what happens tomorrow.”
Sitting two shots behind the leading duo, on 5-under the card are Kade McBride and Taylor Macdonald after they had rounds of 68 and 69 respectively.
Rounding out the top-5 on 4-under the card are Aaron Townsend, who’s 66 was the low round of the day and James Anstiss who had 67.
The top-40 players following the final round will earn a card for the 2019 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia season. That number is currently sitting at 5-over the card.
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