Tournament: ISPS HANDA Australian Open
DP World Tour Rankings: Tournament 3 of 39 events
Venue: Victoria GC and Kingston Heath GC, Melbourne, Australia
Prize Fund: AU$1,700,000
Hashtag: #AusOpenGolf #DPWT

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: Adam Scott putts on the 18th green Day 3 of the 2022 ISPS HANDA Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club December 03, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Round Three Report

Home hero Adam Scott made a closing eagle for the second day in a row to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

Adrian Meronk had tied the course record and his lowest DP World Tour round with a 63 to set the target at ten under and it looked like he would the man with the advantage after 54 holes. But Scott made a birdie on the 15th and then eagled the last in a 67 to leapfrog the Pole as he looks for a second win in his national open after triumphing 13 years ago.

Min Woo Lee carded a 65 to sit four shots off the lead alongside fellow Australian Haydn Barrow, with Kiwi Josh Geary and Irishman Conor Purcell at six under. Geary recorded a 69 and Purcell signed for a 66 to sit a shot ahead of David Micheluzzi – who double-bogeyed the 17th in his 73 – Japan’s Ryo Hisatsune, Dane Nicolai Højgaard, Frenchman Pierre Pineau and American Gunner Wiebe.

In the women’s event, South Korea’s Jiyai Shin will take a one-shot lead over South African Ashleigh Buhai into the final round, while Kurtis Barkley signed for a sensational 69 to lead the Australian All Abilities Championship @ the ISPS HANDA Australian Open – the opening event of the 2023 G4D Tour season – by three shots at one under.

Scott was frustrated after a 71 on day one at Kingston Heath Golf Club but since moving over to Victoria he has barely put a foot wrong, making just one bogey in his last two rounds to fly up the leaderboard.

Huge crowds are sure to follow the former World Number One on the final day as he looks for a 12th DP World Tour title in an all-star group with Meronk and Lee.

Player Quotes

Adam Scott: “I think the crowd’s been awesome the last two days out here. It’s been a great week. It’s great to see so many people coming out to the golf and I certainly have had incredible support, just going to the first tee. I’ve felt the love, so I’m looking forward to feeling it tomorrow and hopefully I can play some really good golf and show them a win out there.

“I believe I’m going to do it but without using clichés, there’s no point thinking about my winner’s speech right now. I’ve got a long way to navigate my round, get around the course tomorrow, but I absolutely believe I’m going to do it. If you don’t believe in it, then you won’t do it.

“So, I’ve got to go out tomorrow and do much of the same stuff I did today and if I get a couple of good numbers and the putts drop, I know when to challenge and when to hold back a little.”

Adrian Meronk: “Yeah, I love it. You want to be in this position going especially into Sunday. I feel really good about my game. I got familiar with the course so I’m going to enjoy tomorrow.

“Probably not, but just found something yesterday and was a great round at Kingston Heath and I just kept going today and I hope tomorrow will be the same.

“I know my game, I know if I play like I did today I can shoot really low scores. I’ll just focus on that and that’s all I can do. Hopefully it’ll be enough at the end of the day.

“To be honest, I would love to play with him (Adam Scott) tomorrow because he’s been my role model since I was a child, so that would be also a dream come true for me to play with him. But as I said, if I play with him, if I play with anyone, I just focus on my game and try to enjoy it as much as possible.”

Min Woo Lee: “It is a tough course and when you can take your chances, you do it. I’ll just be doing the same thing as what I did today. I didn’t really force anything, the putts just dropped and it didn’t feel different to any other days. An eagle on 18 was really nice and a couple of long putts went in.

“It’s a good position. Obviously you would like to be in the lead, but I’m playing good golf and who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. I would like to be in the lead, but I didn’t really play as good the first couple of days. But I’m happy to be in the position I am now and hopefully I can put on another show tomorrow.”

Round Three Scores
 201 A SCOTT (AUS) 71 63 67, 
 202 A MERONK (POL) 73 66 63, 
 205 H BARRON (AUS) 69 68 68, M LEE (AUS) 70 70 65, 
 206 J GEARY (NZL) 68 69 69, C PURCELL (IRL) 68 72 66, 
 207 P PINEAU (FRA) 67 71 69, N H?JGAARD (DEN) 67 71 69, R HISATSUNE (JPN) 70 70 67, D MICHELUZZI (AUS) 63 71 73, G WIEBE (USA) 69 68 70, 
 208 V MEYER (GER) 68 70 70, J FELTON (AUS) 73 67 68, J SCRIVENER (AUS) 72 70 66, D PAPADATOS (AUS) 73 67 68, L TOOMEY (NZL) 71 70 67, 
 209 M ANTCLIFF (AUS) 74 69 66, M JONES (AUS) 70 69 70, J LYRAS (AUS) 72 71 66, H HOPEWELL (AUS) 73 68 68, D LAWSON (AUS) 69 70 70, L HERBERT (AUS) 70 72 67, L JOHNSTON (SCO) 69 73 67, 
 210 A MARTIN (AUS) 73 69 68, T KANAYA (JPN) 69 72 69, M MILLAR (AUS) 72 72 66, J NORRIS (AUS) 71 68 71, C MCKINNEY (AUS) 67 75 68, J THOMPSON (AUS) 73 70 67, 
 211 D BRANSDON (AUS) 73 69 69, M SIM (AUS) 73 69 69, J WARREN (AUS) 73 70 68, B COLLYER (AUS) 72 72 67, T LEWIS (ENG) 68 71 72, D HORSEY (ENG) 71 71 69, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 70 73 68, J MUNRO (AUS) 72 70 69, 
 212 R H?JGAARD (DEN) 72 72 68, R FOX (NZL) 73 68 71, Z MURRAY (AUS) 71 70 71, C DAVIS (AUS) 73 70 69, J MORGAN (AUS) 72 72 68, P LONARD (AUS) 70 70 72, C PERCY (AUS) 70 68 74, T POWER HORAN (AUS) 70 74 68, S WOOLS COBB (AUS) 72 66 74, 
 213 C SMITH (AUS) 71 73 69, W DING (AM) (CHN) 72 69 72, E SMYLIE (AUS) 69 74 70, C WOOD (AUS) 69 75 69, 
 214 K OKADA (AM) (JPN) 70 72 72, N FLANAGAN (AUS) 72 71 71, J PARRY (ENG) 71 70 73, A GARCIA-HEREDIA (ESP) 75 66 73, P WILSON (AUS) 73 71 70, T PILKADARIS (AUS) 70 73 71, 
 215 M GRIFFIN (AUS) 66 75 74, J MURDOCH (AUS) 70 74 71, 
 216 J ARMSTRONG (AUS) 70 73 73, G CHALMERS (AUS) 71 73 72, K BITTLE (NZL) 72 72 72, J HUGHES (AUS) 72 72 72, 
 217 H ENDYCOTT (AUS) 68 75 74, S ARNOLD (AUS) 70 71 76, 
 218 D HILLIER (NZL) 75 68 75, C DANN (AUS) 71 72 75, 
 219 D ACKERMAN (USA) 71 72 76, L HIGGINS (AUS) 68 75 76, D GALE (AUS) 73 70 76, 
 220 K REITAN (NOR) 73 70 77, M MCCARDLE (AUS) 74 70 76, 
 **
 145 J MARCHESANI (AUS) 74 71, J HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 75 70, L FLYNN (AUS) 73 72, D PERRY (AUS) 76 69, M WRIGHT (AUS) 77 68, A PIKE (AUS) 74 71, D KLEIN (AUS) 72 73, D HOWELL (ENG) 72 73, M LEISHMAN (AUS) 70 75, A BAUTISTA (AUS) 72 73, N VOKE (NZL) 68 77, D BLING (USA) 69 76, T SINNOTT (AUS) 69 76, H BATEMAN (NZL) 72 73, S EAVES (AUS) 74 71, 
 146 C CRAWFORD (AUS) 72 74, L TIGHE (AUS) 74 72, S STRANGE (AUS) 77 69, B WHARTON (AUS) 73 73, S HAWKES (AUS) 74 72, H CROWE (AM) (AUS) 74 72, D LOYPUR (AUS) 71 75, B WINDRED (AUS) 72 74, A WILKIN (AUS) 70 76, M FRASER (AUS) 70 76, M HENDRY (NZL) 72 74, L DOBBELAAR (AUS) 72 74, L BARKER (AUS) 72 74, Z GARCIA (AUS) 67 79, 
 147 J ARNOLD (AUS) 75 72, C JOHN (AUS) 76 71, B ECCLES (AUS) 73 74, J BUGDALSKI (AUS) 73 74, M STIEGER (AUS) 75 72, B COLETTA (AUS) 72 75, J WANG (KOR) 76 71, S ALLAN (AUS) 73 74, K MCBRIDE (AUS) 75 72, L BROWN (NZL) 72 75, J ZUNIC (AUS) 70 77, S JEFFRESS (AUS) 72 75, B RANKIN (AUS) 73 74, R CHISNALL (NZL) 72 75, 
 148 R BLIZARD (AUS) 76 72, R MCEVOY (ENG) 74 74, D O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) 77 71, D IEREMIA (NZL) 68 80, D BECK (AUS) 73 75, P COOKE (AUS) 68 80, 
 149 J MACKENZIE (AUS) 77 72, D BRERETON (AUS) 77 72, A BLYTH (AUS) 77 72, G OGILVY (AUS) 72 77, T WALKER (AM) (AUS) 75 74, C ECCLESTON (AUS) 81 68, P SAGOO (ENG) 70 79, Y LIU (CHN) 74 75, 
 150 N BARBIERI (AUS) 78 72, A HALL (AUS) 77 73, J CARTER (AUS) 75 75, E DONOGHUE (AUS) 79 71, J MCLEOD (AUS) 76 74, C BARROW (ENG) 77 73, P O’MALLEY (AUS) 71 79, J BUCHANAN (AM) (AUS) 74 76, 
 151 J SENDEN (AUS) 75 76, T KENNEDY (AUS) 75 76, P FOWLER (AUS) 73 78, J MULLANEY (AUS) 72 79, 
 152 C LEE (NZL) 80 72, W ORMSBY (AUS) 71 81, 
 153 K MUIR (NZL) 81 72, J GUAN (AM) (AUS) 79 74, 
 154 O FARR (WAL) 78 76, B PROVERBS (AUS) 76 78, B CAMPBELL (AUS) 81 73, 
 155 W HEFFERNAN (AUS) 79 76, T HART (AUS) 78 77, 
 158 B BECKER (AUS) 75 83, M HUTSON (NZL) 78 80, 
 161 A CAMPBELL (AUS) 82 79, 
 **
 OUT L CURTIS (AUS) 84 WD, R ALLENBY (AUS) 77 WD, A PAVAN (ITA) 79 WD, M KAWAMURA (JPN) RT ,