Giles soars to top
Spectacular eagle gives NSW golfer a shot at Vic Open crown
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