At the Australian Open, South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai shot a flawless 65 on Saturday to take a share of the lead with Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino and Min Woo Lee, setting herself up nicely to defend her women’s championship.
Australian Open Golf 2023 Update
In an attempt to catch Australian overnight leader Lee and win a DP World Tour for the first time, six-time Japan Tour winner Hoshino had four birdies and an eagle.
In Sydney, Lee started the day three strokes ahead of Americans Patrick Rodgers and Scotland’s Connor Syme.
However, Lee struggled with his putter and finished the round at one-under-par 70, making a crucial birdie at the last.
It made for a replay of the Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane last week, where Lee led playing partner Hoshino by three shots going into the final.
Sam Brazel, Jason Scrivener, and Matt Jones are in a six-way tie for sixth place heading into the final day.
After moving up an incredible 41 places and into T12 with a score of -6 in the third round, Adam Bland is also in the running for a strong finish.
Bland finished the day with seven birdies, and he hopes to maintain that momentum going into Sunday’s final round.
After making back-to-back birdies to begin his third round, Adam Scott also got himself back into the hunt, finishing the day in a T12.
Despite a slow start to his third round, Cameron Smith rallied to complete the day four under for the event with a solid back nine.