Jed Morgan in full control at Royal Queensland

It will be a miracle if Jed Morgan is not crowned Australian PGA Champion at the Royal Queensland on Sunday.

A ROUGH ONE Jed Morgan has a stranglehold on the Joe Kirkwood Cup, with the Queenslander holding a massive nine-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the Australian PGA.

Having started Saturday’s third round with a six-shot lead over his nearest rival, Andrew Dodt, the 22-year-old whose grandparents owned a golf course, produced another strong effort, shooting 6-under 65 to move into 20 under par on his Royal Queensland home course.

Dodt remains his closest challenger after a 68 took him to 11 under for the tournament.

David Micheluzzi is another shot back after a five-under-par 66 that included five straight birdies over the back nine.

However, it will take a miracle for someone to catch Morgan, who is mentored by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting and Australian baseball legend Graeme Lloyd after receiving a Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship.

“It was an amazing day again…but there’s still one more round to go, so I’m going to do my best to do the same thing I did today,” Morgan said.

“Three rounds done, one more to go and the job will be done.”

Morgan also paid tribute to his home crowd, who lifted him up in hot conditions that made him feel sick at times.

“I was a little dizzy and the crowd helped me get through that, which is good,” he said.

Dodt, who birdied the 18th hole to ensure he was back in the final group with Morgan, knew he would face a tough task getting close to Morgan on Sunday.

“Nine shots, that’s a lot on their home field in front of their home fans,” Dodt said.

“It’s going to be a low round and potentially a not-so-good round on his part, but he’s full of confidence, he’s playing well, he’s pocketing putts … it’s going to be tough.”

Tournament draw card and Scottish Open champion Min Woo Lee shot 69 to move to six under par after three rounds.

Also at 6-under is veteran and another pre-tournament favorite Brad Kennedy, who shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday.

“Realistically, it wasn’t a four-under, I hit two bunker shots,” Kennedy said.

“Today I gave myself many opportunities that I was very happy with.

“I started to feel like I had some control over the ball. I just dropped a couple.

“I had some chances that came from wedge distances and I didn’t get to do that.

“It’s a little bit, but it’s not far, which is exciting, but at the same time, when you’re chasing someone who’s (14) ahead and you drop a few, it’s still frustrating.

“But (Sunday) another day. The pressure is going to be on everyone at the front and I’m going to come out.

“I’m getting more and more comfortable with how I should approach the golf course and I’m beginning to understand what it can give me and what it can’t.”

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