Matt Jones is poised to sign up for one of the vital legends of golfing as a more than one Australian Open champion after seizing command with an ice-cool 3rd spherical on his cherished house monitor.

Proceeding his affinity at The Australian Golfing Membership in Sydney, the place he’s been a member for greater than 20 years, Jones will lift a three-stroke lead into Sunday’s ultimate spherical.

Champion on the venue in 2015 after keeping off Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, and a runner-up in 2017, Jones’ three-under-par 68 on a day of difficult going vaulted america PGA Excursion famous person to 13 beneath for the event.

With three-straight rounds within the 60s, Jones is 3 photographs transparent of American Cameron Tringale, who has carded a 69.

Eastern newbie Takumi Kanaya (70), South Africa’s former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (70) and English ace Paul Casey (71) are all at 9 beneath and 4 again.

Sydney’s Jamie Arnold is one stroke additional adrift at 8 beneath with New Zealander Denzel Ieremia (71) after firing a tournament-best 64 all over absolute best Saturday morning stipulations.

The top-ranked participant within the box, Casey had loved the outright lead coming near the flip ahead of making a multitude of the par-Four 9th.

The arena No.14 landed in a bunker, had a terrible stance, hacked out and ignored a two-foot bogey putt to rack up a dreaded double, however used to be nonetheless now not out of it.

Casey’s troubles have been not anything like that of Dimi Papadatos, with final yr’s runner-up riding his ball right into a tree – and staying there – at the par-4 12th.

Papadatos had to return to the tee and hit off once more, his eventual double bogey being his 2nd of the day after he, at one level, have been only one shot off the lead.

He completed the day at six beneath and 6 at the back of Jones, who had a golden alternative to sign up for Gary Participant, Jack Nicklaus, Peter Thomson Greg Norman and Jordan Spieth in an elite membership of greats to have had their identify etched at the Stonehaven Cup a minimum of two times.

Now not that Marc Leishman used to be able at hand Jones the trophy after his spherical of 70 left the Presidents Cup famous person 5 at the back of getting into championship Sunday.

“I think like I’m nonetheless in it,” Leishman stated.

“I’ll wish to play in reality smartly, however I think like my sport is there – it’s able to do this; it’s only a subject of constructing the putts.

“Expectantly, I will get the rate of the vegetables, make some putts and put some power on a minimum of.”

-AAP

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