Garcia slides as Smith wins Australian PGA Championship play-off

Garcia slides as Smith wins Australian PGA Championship play-off

Former New Zealand Open victor Jordan Zunic shot a course record-tying 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the Australian PGA Championship.

The 25-year-old from Wollongong defied the tricky winds at Royal Pines to dominate on Saturday with 11 birdies to finish 17-under par.

A victor in 2013 and runner-up in a play-off the following year at Royal Pines, Scott imploded on the last seven holes to shoot 74 and finish one over. The course record was first set at Royal Pines by Australian Rhein Gibson in 2015.

Ryan Fox was the best of the Kiwis at three-under for the tournament after a one-under 71.

Smith had started three shots behind overnight leader Zunic but stormed into contention with five birdies and a bogey on the front nine.

In 2013, while playing as an amateur in the United States, he suffered severe head injuries and blood loss as a passenger in a auto crash.

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But adding a 64 to rounds of 66 and 69 means the talented youngster sits on 17-under par and has a decent lead over fellow Australian Cameron Smith.

He has found clarity reading O'Hern's book, Tour Mentality: Inside the Mind of a Tour Pro, and has since enjoyed some sage advice from the tour veteran this week.

Both players parred the first playoff hole and with Zunic's par putt at the next lipping out, Smith had a simple tap-in from about two meters to win.

However, he bogeyed the 17th before a double bogey on the hard 18th saw him finish the day 17 under the card, three shots ahead of fellow Australian Cameron Smith.

US Masters champion Sergio Garcia fired a one-under 71 to close at six under but Adam Scott, who won the green jacket in 2013, struggled all day and missed the cut by two shots after finishing at one over.

Play was brought forward by nearly three hours, with a 6am tee-off time, in a bid to avoid possibly severe thunderstorms forecast to hit the Gold Coast in the afternoon.

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