A sizzling 4-under 68 saw Ashley Hall, Chris Wood and Matthew Millar through as the top three seeds into the match play round at the RACV Goldfields Super 6.
Hall goes through as the top seed on countback after a 3-under 33 back-9 ahead of Wood (34) and Millar (35). It was the eagle on the short par-5 16th hole that set up Hall’s round after opening with four straight pars. A great achievement given the gusty conditions, the only blemish on his card was a bogey on the par-3 8th hole.
Wood’s round was all about the par-5’s with birdies on all four of them. Wood also carded birdies on the 12th and the tough 14th holes but it was the bogeys on the 15th and 18th that saw him remain at 4-under 68 in a tie with Hall and Millar.
Millar is in outstanding form at the moment after a win on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia at the REBEL Sport NZ Masters last week and a second place finish at the Neangar Park Ladbrokes Pro-Am earlier this week. Starting from the 1st tee Millar birdied the 2nd and the 4th holes before driving the green on the par-4 7th hole and tapping in for another easy birdie. Millar made the turn at 3-under after a strong birdie on the 9th and immediately followed it up with a birdie on the 10th.
The back-9 then got a little interesting for Millar, he birdied the 12th before making back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th. Millar then eagled the 16th to take the outright lead from Hall and Wood. The par 4 18th was playing the toughest hole and Millar was another victim after making a bogey to finish at 4-under par 68.
The match play action gets underway Sunday morning at 7.15am with the top-8 seeds joining the action at 9.15am for round two.
“We don’t get a lot of chances to play match play in Professional golf, so this is going to be interesting tomorrow,” said Hall.
The match play format will be a great warm up for Millar who is already confirmed in the field for the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, an ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour tri-sanctioned tournament, next month.
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