Jed Morgan surges clear in Aust PGA

Murray Wenzel |

Jed Morgan has extended his lead to seven shots at the turn during the third round of the Australian PGA Championship at his home Royal Queensland course.

The 22-year-old shot a course-record 63 on Friday to be six clear of the field in Brisbane.

He continued that form on Saturday with four birdies in a faultless front nine in front of a sizeable gallery in the country’s first major golf tournament in more than two years.

The 2020 Australian Amateur champion —who counts Ricky Ponting and world No.10 Cameron Smith as confidantes — is under-18 par with 2021 amateur winner Louis Dobbelaar, playing in the second-to-last group,. his nearest challenger.

Andrew Dodt was two-under through nine holes to be 10-under for the tournament while Min Woo Lee was six-under with five holes to play on moving day.

The event, won most-recently by Adam Scott and then Smith before that, is missing Australia’s US-based stars after it was postponed from its traditional late-year start due to COVID-19.

The winner will receive $180,000, starts in three DP World Tour events in July-August and all but guarantee status on the European tour as a top-three finisher on the Australasian Tour’s order of merit. 

Meanwhile, it’s a three-way race in the maiden Australian WPGA Championship, being played within the men’s event.

Su Oh was four-under through 10 holes to snatch back the lead at eight-under from overnight pacesetter Grace Kim (seven-under), while Sarah Jane Smith was a shot further back.

Smith surged to a share of the lead with a hole-out eagle on the second hole, before fellow LPGA member Oh took charge with four birdies in seven holes.