Jordan Zunic posted a low-round 64 on Saturday at RACV Royal Pines Resort and will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Australian PGA Championship.
The 6’6″ Australian entered the day three off the lead but turned in 29, and after four-straight birdies on 13, 14, 15, and 16, the first 59 in European Tour history was a real possibility.
The 24-year old, though, ran out of gas down the stretch, finishing bogey-double bogey to sit at 17 under through 54 holes.
“It was a bit of a flash that round. I don’t even really know, I can’t remember it almost because I was just going with the flow. I just did such a great job today of what I’ve been working on in regards to my mindset,” said a still somewhat-stunned Zunic in a post-round interview.
“I’m just really happy with today. The way I played all day, it was just really what I know I’m capable of doing so, to actually go out and do that when it’s in tournament mode and on a Saturday afternoon is awesome.”
Playing partner Cameron Smith carded a 67 and is alone in second at 14 under. Adam Bland is a shot further back, while David Bransdon and Marc Leishman are tied at 10 under.
Two-time winner Greg Chalmers was at 9 under, one shot ahead of Masters champion Sergio Garcia.
TOP 10: ROUND THREE
1 Jordan Zunic -17
2 Cameron Smith -14
3 Adam Bland -13
4 David Bransdon -10
4 Marc Leishman -10
6 Greg Chalmers -9
7 Sergio Garcia -8
8 Lucas Herbert -7
8 Jack Wilson -7
10 Nine Players -6
PUTTS OF THE DAY
A look at some of Zunic’s incredible long-bomb putts.
“I haven’t been thinking about that (European Tour card) too much because I don’t like to get too far ahead of myself. We all know that that’s there and that’s obviously a great opportunity. In order for me to grab that I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing and stay in the present moment.”
– Jordan Zunic
Credits: European Tour Media