Saturday, January 23, 2010

Now New Zealand gets the bad weather and PGA

Championship leader Ashley Hall hope it continues!

New Zealand PGA Championship leader Ashley Hall is hoping for more wind moving into the final day of the tournament at Clearwater in Christchurch.
Hall holds a three-shot lead at eight-under par 208 after playing three rounds in tough conditions, but the big Victorian is hoping the weather does not improve any time soon.
Clearwater has been hit with freezing winds and rain during the tournament and it is making things difficult for players who are all aiming to survive their rounds and hopefully come out the other end with par.
Hall knows if the bad weather sticks around it will make things very hard for players hoping to chase down his score on the final day's play.
"The course isn't playing easy again so I'll be hoping for a bit more wind, just like it is now, so it'll be harder for people to chase from behind," he said.
Hall was pleased with his third round score of a one under 71, particularly after notching three quick birdies early on.
"Three in a row was good though, it was good momentum to start off with anyway," he said.
"I hit a lot more fairways than what I have been in the first few days."
Hall was playing alongside Kiwis Gareth Paddison and Grant Moorhead who sit tied for second at five-under 211.
Left-handed Paddison played a solid round without a bogey to stay close to Hall and hold onto a chance of chasing down the leader on the final day.
The Wellington pro was happy with where he stood after round three but admits he would have been a bit closer if luck had been on his side.
"I would have liked to capitalise on it a little bit and me a bit closer," he said. "But three back isn't out of reach really, which is good."
"Ash [Hall] played great today and got off to a really, really good start to be three under after nine and then a birdie on nine before an unfortunate double on 11."
"I've had a lot of chips and putts this week that haven't gone in and it's been really frustrating. I don't understand how they haven't gone in."
"I'm shaving the hole a lot with my long putts and when you see them going straight for the hole and then break left or right it's hard not to hold back the frustration when you're trying to chase the leader board."
"I'm hoping a few will drop tomorrow because I didn't actually putt that well today. My short game was pretty decent today but there were a few putts I was unhappy with."
The final round of the tournament gets underway at 9am on Sunday morning (local time).
Par 216 (3x72)
208 Ashley Hall (Aus) 68 69 71.
211 Grant Moorhead (NZ) 67 74 70, Gareth Paddison (NZ) 70 71 70.
212 Stephen Allan (Aus) 72 69 71.
213 Joe Affrunti (US) 71 73 69, Mitchell Brown (Aus) 68 73 72.
214 Andrew Bonhomme (Aus) 71 73 70, Michael Curtain (Aus) 66 77 71, Anthony Doyle (NZ) 71 69 74, Mahal Pearce (NZ) 71 74 69, Ewan Porter (Aus) 68 74 72.
MISSED THE CUT (147 or better)
149 Eddie Barr (Ireland) 71 78.
153 Rohan Blizard (Aus) 74 79.
156 Jonathan Bevitt (England) 75 81.



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