Victorian Ryan Lynch improved almost 40 positions on the leaderboard with a fine five-under 65 in today’s third round of The Isuzu Queensland Open.
Lynch, son of respected coach Dale Lynch, signed a rare bogey-free card which also included five birdies.
He will start tomorrow’s final round at 0ne-under par after rounds of 71-73-65.
The 27-year-old was one of a handful of players who made ground on another testing day at Brisbane Golf Club.
He was also one of the few players who hit the green on the $500,000 jackpot, 265, par-4,15th hole.
Lynch’s 3-wood finished five metres from the hole but his eagle putt narrowly missed. Others to hit the green on the ultimate “risk and reward” hole-in-one challenge were debutant pro Cam Davis and Lincoln Tighe.
“It was a good round today after I played really badly on Friday,’’ said Lynch.
“This is the kind of golf course where you can make up six or eight shots if you string two good rounds together. I’ve been playing solidly this year but have not been able to produce consistent rounds in the 72-hole events.’’
Lynch said he went to work on the practice range on Friday evening and sorted out the issue which dogged him during his second round 73.
The self-analysis worked, resulting in an eight-stroke turnaround.
Lynch’s round could even have been lower as he came agonisingly close to holing birdie putts on the eight and nine holes.
“If I can repeat that round tomorrow I will be very happy,’’ he said.