Giles soars to top

Spec­tac­u­lar ea­gle gives NSW golfer a shot at Vic Open crown

Sunday Herald Sun - - Golf - BRUCE MATTHEWS

MATTHEW Giles holed a six-iron sec­ond shot for a spec­tac­u­lar ea­gle yes­ter­day to put in his bid for the Vic­to­rian Open crown.

The per­fect ap­proach to the 420m 13th hole was the cor­ner­stone of his course record-equalling 64 in the third round at 13th Beach golf links on the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula.

“I had 182m and it looked good all the way. You can’t see the pin and we heard ap­plause and thought it must have just gone past the hole. But they kept clap­ping and it was def­i­nitely a bonus,” he said.

NSW golfer Giles is tied for the lead with Queens­lan­der Jake McLeod at 17-un­der par af­ter the overnight leader also grabbed a birdie at the parfive 18th for a four-un­der 68.

They are two strokes clear of NSW pair Jake Hig­gin­botham (66) and Dim­itrios Pa­padatos (69), with Vic­to­rian Lu­cas Her­bert (66) a shot fur­ther away.

Her­bert, 21, is press­ing for a break­through home win af­ter sev­eral times be­ing within reach of the lead in the last round.

“I’m sick of not win­ning. So that’s go­ing to be driv­ing me to­mor­row,” he said. “Ev­ery time you get up near the lead like this, you feel more com­fort­able, like you be­long. So it’s good to see your name fea­tur­ing there.”

Richard Green, the 2015 cham­pion, was one of the early movers, card­ing a seven-un­der 65 to push into a large pack at 12-un­der, five shots off the pace.

Robert Al­lenby dur­ing his round of 71 yes­ter­day. He is tied for 47th on -5. Pic­ture: GOLF VIC­TO­RIA

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