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Quayle one shot clear at breezy NZ PGA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

Determined Queensland golfer Anthony Quayle holds a one stroke lead entering the final round of the New Zealand PGA Championship in Palmerston North.

First-year professional Quayle snuck to the top of a tightly-placed leaderboard, defying strong winds at Manawatu Golf Club.

A third round of two-under 69 lifted Quayle to 12-under, a stroke clear of three golfers - Australian Benjamin and Kiwis Shaun Jones and Ben Campbell.

Overnight leader Jones followed his course record-equalling 63 on Friday with a 72 while Campbell's 65 was the round of the day.

Four further golfers are a stroke back sharing fifth. Australians Matthew Giles, Jarryd Felton and Josh Younger are alongside Kiwi Gareth Paddison.

Quayle said conditions made it survival of the fittest on day three.

"It was a grind. It was so hard, the wind was at some stages up to like a three-putt wind maybe even a four-putt wind. It was gusty, so it was really blowing and then backing right off."

"The way I stayed patient out there to still hang in and shoot a good round was positive."

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