Blustery arctic-like conditions have smothered RACV Cape Schanck Resort, as round 3 actions at the Victorian PGA Championship gets underway.
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ROUND 2 WRAP | Young gun Blake Collyer could create history following a barnstorming back nine that has elevated the 23-year-old atop of the Victorian PGA Championship leaderboard.
Collyer, a recently turned pro who secured his spot at the Victorian PGA Championship in pre-qualifying, leads a star-studded field in his debut tournament following a dominant round 2 performance.
The Camberwell Grammar graduate strung together seven back nine birdies to finish 9-under 61.
He’s now 10-under in total – three ahead of Taylor Macdonald and Andrew Dodt – at the hallway mark at one of the country’s most prestigious tournaments.
“I didn’t think about my score at all. I didn’t know what I was throughout the day. I was hitting it really well and then started to get the putter going,” Collyer said.
“At the front nine I was over par for the first three or four and my caddy and I were just saying, ‘stay patient’. It all came together on the back nine.
“I stayed focus on each shot and didn’t look too far ahead. I was in the moment and I believed in my processes. That helped me commit to me shots.”
Collyer became a Professional this week and gained entry to the #VicPGA by winning the pre-qualifier.
He said having to fight his way into this week’s tournament made him determined to perform at his best, as he embarks on his history-making pursuit.
“I asked for an invite, but didn’t get one. I had to make the most of the opportunity at pre-qualifying. I’ve been keeping my head down and am really determined,” he said.
Collyer has had a successful amateur career competing in the US and UK.
He recently advanced to the second stage of European Tour School, as he looks to take his career to another level.
Collyer’s playing partner, Dodt, also caught a hot streak, as the wild early tournament conditions subsided.
Dodt almost replicated Collyer’s feats, hitting eight birdies with a couple of bogeys, to finish 6-under 64.
“I putted really well, which you need to because there are lots of birdy chances when there is no wind, so it was good to take advantage of the weather when it was expected to blow and it didn’t,” Dodt said.
Macdonald’s 5-under 65 has him seven under the card. His day was highly dynamic – six birdies, three bogeys, punctuated with an eagle.
“It was an up and down day. I came out of the blocks pretty hard and held on from there,” Macdonald said.
“I had to take my medicine at times and accept a couple of bogeys. On the 17th I holed a good putt from 12-feet.
“The wind kind of wanted to change at that front nine. I kept it simple – hit in the right spots and give myself every chance to putt well.”
Consecutive rounds of 3-under 67 has veteran Jason Norris tied for 2nd alongside Daniel Gale.
The winner of the 2019 Vic PGA Championship will receive the bulk of the $125,000 prize course, as well as Official World Golf Ranking Points and full exemption onto the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the 2020 season, including a place in the PGA Championship field.
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