Leishman, Bland take lead at Australian PGA as Scott bows out

Doug Mendoza
December 4, 2017

But his sizzling second round ensured he would finish the day at 12 under par alongside Bland, who fired a second consecutive six-under 66 at par-72 Royal Pines.

"I was striking the ball well and thought I would be pretty aggressive all day, especially after birdieing the first couple of holes", Leishman said. "I knew he was playing well".

Queensland born-and-bred Smith said he would do his best to follow the lead of his idol Adam Scott and support golf in his home state, as he attempts to emulate the former World No.1 and Masters champion's feats.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and City of Gold Coast made the announcement of the extension with the Australian PGA Championship saying the event was an important part of the Queensland events calendar.

"To be able to win in front of them and in front of other family and friends, and then winning in Queensland, makes it so much more special to me", said the 24-year-old.

Meanwhile, Zunic, who careded a superb 64 on Saturday, was not sour about missing out on the silverware.

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Jordan Spieth (72) and England's Justin Rose (71) were tied for second at nine-under 207, one stroke ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari (71).

"I hit a couple of really nice putts but I was probably a little bit exhausted I think, physically and mentally", he said.

Still, thanks to 11 birdies in the first 16 holes he was three shots clear on 17-under, with Cameron Smith on 14-under.

When Zunic's par-saving putt lipped out, Smith was left with a simple three-footer to win the title.

"Neither my mum or dad were there for the (PGA Tour) win in New Orleans", Smith said.

"This will be on my schedule as long as I have my card and full status in the United States", he said. "I might go over there for a few weeks and maybe do a little playing holiday type thing, I'm not sure".

Fox, with super-caddy Steve Williams on his bag, carded an uncharacteristic 75 in the opening round but was eight shots better yesterday, carding six birdies and a lone bogey to shoot 67 and reach two-under par, 10 shots off the leaders.

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