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Varner, Hall take share of lead at PGA

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1 day ago Scott Bailey

Harold Varner III and Australian Ashley Hall have snatched a share of the lead with Queenslander Andrew Dodt at the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.

Recommencing after late storms washed away Thursday afternoon's play, Victorian Hall birdied four of his final seven holes on Friday morning to go seven-under.

The trio hold a one-shot lead over Australian Matthew Griffin, who finished his interrupted round at six-under par on Friday morning.

Meanwhile Varner's move to the top came after he birdied his final two holes, finishing his run on Thursday where he went one-under at four consecutive holes midway through his round.

"It was a good way to finish," Varner said.

"I've played it well. I just want to keep doing that. There's a lot of golf left."

Varner lost a playoff at last year's championship at the Gold Coast course, finishing tied for second.

Griffin was the other form player of Friday morning, getting birdies on five of six holes on the back nine to rocket up the leaderboard.

He's one shot ahead of New Zealander Ryan Fox and Julian Suri, while world No.7 Adam Scott is tied for seventh after he birdied his final three holes on Friday to go in at four-under par.

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