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Leishman, Bland take lead at Australian PGA as Scott bows out

Leishman, Bland take lead at Australian PGA as Scott bows out

"What two holes", he dead-panned after equalling the course record.

Leishman started on the 10th hole and had four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys on his first nine before birdieing three of his first five holes after the turn.

A victor of the Australian PGA in 2013 and runner-up in a playoff the following year at Royal Pines, Scott started the day at 1 under but missed at least four close putts on the back nine. "If you had told me that I was going to have 64 at the start of today, I would have taken it, that's for sure".

Zunic confessed to struggling on the European Challenge Tour this year but has found form since reading fellow pro Nick O'Hern's book Tour Mentality.

"It was a shame what happened on the last two holes, but to be honest, I didn't even do much wrong", he said.

In 2013, while playing as an amateur in the United States, he suffered severe head injuries and blood loss as a passenger in a auto crash.

But a bogey, double bogey finish crushed that dream and gave his rivals hope.

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He's on 12-under 132 and tied with Adam Bland, who shot 66 on a morning of good scoring conditions - soft greens and little wind.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia was six strokes behind after a 71 while Adam Scott missed the cut by two shots after bogeying four of six holes on the back nine at Royal Pines and shooting 74.

Bland, 35, has not won a tournament since the 2015 Japanese PGA but he fired seven birdies and only one bogey to keep pace with Leishman.

Garcia said he's exhausted after a year in which he won his first major at the Masters, was married and will become a father early next year.

"But, other than that, I feel like I fought hard again today and it's a shame about the finish because, you know, I finished two under; obviously not to win because the guys are going insane up top, but to have a really good finish, it would have been nice". Because of that my golf game wasn't as sharp as I would like it to be.

"I'm just really happy with today".

With storms expected on Sunday, organisers have made the call to start from 6am and 8am AEST - three hours earlier than planned - in the hope of crowning a victor before the rain arrives. The players will go off from two tees, with the last groups off at 8 a.m.


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