Pilkadaris' the man to catch #NZOpen99

Sat 03 Mar 2018

Pilkadaris' the man to catch #NZOpen99

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Queenstown, New Zealand, March 3: Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris, a three-time Asian Tour winner, fired a sparkling nine-under-par 62 to establish a commanding five-shot lead going into the final round of the ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open on Saturday. 

Despite experiencing stomach discomfort and vomiting on the 11th hole, Pilkadaris proved he could still play good golf when he stormed ahead with four birdies in his last six holes to compile a three-day total of 24-under-par 190 at the Millbrook Resort.

Australia’s Callan O’Reilly continued to take second place when he returned with 66 while compatriot Daniel Nisbet slipped to third place following a 67.

First round co-leader and Asian Tour member Jarin Todd of the United States posted a 65 for a share of fourth place, a shot ahead of countryman Berry Henson, who continues to impress with his comeback from injury.

Henson, who was recently named as the ambassador for Habitat for Humanity, Asian Tour’s official sustainable development partner, believes the contest is far from over despite carding a 66 to stay eight shots back of Pilkadaris in tied-seventh place.

American Paul Peterson and Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao are the other notable Asian Tour members with encouraging rounds of 65 which placed them in tied-12th and tied-22nd place respectively.

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Did you know?

  • Hailing from Melbourne, Terry Pilkadaris has never won in Australia and said he did not touch his clubs for 11 days before this week as he needed to recharge.
  • Pilkadaris’ last win on the Asian Tour came at the Brunei Open in 2005.
  • Jarin Todd posted two top-10s at the Shinhan Donghae Open and Resorts World Manila Masters in 2017. He ended the year in 49th place on the Order of Merit.
  • Todd went to the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He finished inside the top-40 twice in 2014 and 2017.
  • Berry Henson’s serious wrist injuries caused him to stay out of competitive golf for 18 months.
  • Henson made his impressive comeback with three top-10s in four starts on the Asian Tour this year.
  • The American’s last victory on the Asian Tour was in the Philippines in 2011.
  • Paul Peterson’s breakthrough on the Asian Tour came in Myanmar in January when he won the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open by two shots.
  • Hung Chien-yao won on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in 2013 when he lifted the Chang Hwa Open on home soil.
  • He turned professional in 2012 and earned his full playing rights in 2015 with a solid 2014 campaign where he did not miss a single cut.
  • Hung enjoyed four top-10s in 2017 which included a third place finish at the Queens Cup in Thailand.