Anstiss Tied for the Lead at Queensland Open

James Anstiss
James Anstiss (Getty Images)

Kiwi James Anstiss shot the round of the day with a 6-under-66, to be tied for the lead at 13-under leading into the final round of the 2020 Queensland Open.

Anstiss moved into the outright lead after the 15th hole after grabbing birdies on 12, 13 and 15 and if it wasn’t for a bogey on the par-four 18th, he would’ve lead the tournament outright overnight.

The leading trio after day two of David Bransdon, Josh Armstrong and Brad Kennedy of failed on day three shooting 74, 73 and 75 respectively.

Those in the leading bunch include the local hope Anthony Quayle 67, 69, 67 and South Australian Jack Thompson 65,70,68.

Anstiss was joined in the third round by fellow Kiwis Nick Voke who is on 4-under, Taylor Gill (-2) and Luke Toomey (Par).

Anstiss, 24, from Queenstown, is seeking his first win. His day began with a bad tee shot, and ended with a bogey, but in between he was brilliant.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen after my first tee shot, lost ball,’’ he said.

“I was heading back in a cart to hit my third (shot) off the first, so 66 I’ll take. It was pretty good.

“I putted really well today. I’ve been really struggling with my putting for probably the last six months, so today I started holing them from the get-go it was really nice.

James Anstiss Queensland Open Day 3
James Anstiss Queensland Open Day 3 (Photo – PGA of Australia)

“It was probably the windiest day we’ve had, I’ve always been a pretty good wind player, I’m pretty used to it so it doesn’t tend to affect me too much.

“I haven’t been this close to the lead in Australia since I turned pro, I’ve won a few in New Zealand and been up there but this is certainly a different feeling, a lot of good players around so I’m happy to be here and just looking forward to playing tomorrow.”

The final round of the Isuzu Queensland Open will begin at 11:50 am NZDT while the leading group of Anstiss, Quayle and Thompson will take to the first tee at 1:30 NZDT.

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