Sat, Dec 3, 8:15pm by Jake Equid
Andrew Dodt is still the man to beat after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.
Dodt, who led heading into Saturday’s play, picked up where he left off on Friday and carded a two under 70 that left him at 14 under par for the tournament. He has a two shot lead with a round to play and is in the box seat to take home the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
Sportsbet have installed the 30-year-old Queenslander as the outright favourite at $2.88 to win his first event since the 2015 Thailand Classic. The Brisbane native bogeyed the seventh, 11th and 18th holes on Saturday, but made up for it with birdies on the first, eighth, ninth, 12th and 16th.
He maintained a two-stroke lead over Ashley Hall who shot a third round of 70. Hall was joined in equal second place by American Harold Varner III, who’s scintillating round of 67 saw him race up the leaderboard.
Varner is the only player from overseas in contention after having two eagles on the back nine, including an amazing shot from the fairway on the 17th that took two bounces before landing in the cup. He finds himself on the second line of betting at $3.50. Hall, the burly 33-year-old from Melbourne is fourth favourite at $8.
The leaderboard continues to have a strong Queensland feel a further two shots back with locals John Senden, who shot a four under, 68 and Adam Scott who shot a scratchy 70.
Although the 2013 Masters Champion wasn’t at his best on Saturday, the entire field will be wary of Scott on the final day. This is reflected in the betting market, where he’s third favourite at $4.
After posting a second round of 68, Scott proclaimed it was his best round of the Australian summer and if he can get somewhere near that again on Sunday then he is every chance of challenging.
Senden is another man who’ll be there when the whips are cracking on the final day if he can deliver another performance like his third round which included three birdies on the front nine.
Suggested Bet: Adam Scott to win: $4. The 2013 champion failed to keep pace with the field on Saturday but his first two rounds were exceptional. The world number seven is the best player in the field and is very much in the hunt.
Dodt, Andrew $2.88
Varner, Harold $3.50
Scott, Adam $4.00
Hall, Ashley $8.00
Senden, John $9.00
Fox, Ryan $81.00
Hend, Scott $101.00
Coletta, Brett $201.00
Webster, Steve $201.00
Gibson, Rhein $251.00
Poulter, Ian $251.00
Chalmers, Greg $251.00
Suri, Julian $251.00
Sim, Michael $251.00
Rumford, Brett $251.00
Sinnott, Todd $301.00
Langasque, Romain $401.00
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