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16 - 19 August 2018

Birdies aplenty as Wilson and Jordan surge to share lead with a day to play.

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Jordan holes a puttVictorian Jack Wilson and Queensland's Damien Jordan (left) have joined a long list of players to advantage of perfect conditions to share the outright lead at 14-under par with a day to play at the MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship.

Wilson was one-over after four holes and facing a considerable gap to the leaders before embarking on a tremendous run between the fifth and ninth holes which yielded three birdies and an eagle. 

"It was shaky early but I got lucky on five and rolled on from there." Wilson said, "It was nice, I started to find a groove and didn't miss many shots on the back nine." 

 A crisp approach from the fairway bunker on the 10th left him a few strides from the hole from another birdie but despite hitting a good putt, the chance for the-then outright lead slid by on the low side.

While his round of 64 had many highlights, the long bunker shot to within tap-in distance at the dogleg 12th would certainly go down as one of the shots of the round from his perspective.

"I was looking at the shot with the house in the background as there wasn't much sand in there. Most amateurs wouldn't think pros would think like that but that was the first thing that came to mind, what do I have to do to avoid that."

Jordan also played consistent golf throughout mixing seven birdies with the one dropped shot at the 12th in his six-under 65, a score that was only bettered only on the day by Wilson and New Zealand’s Harry Bateman with their seven-under 64s.

wilson trap shot• Wilson's magnificent sand save on 12 kept his momentum going.

On a day when a round of 66 would appear to have been par for the players at the top end of the board, only joint overnight leader Daniel Nisbet failed to join the party although his two-under round of 69 still keeps him right in the mix for a second victory of the season.

Two strokes from the lead were Cameron John and Campbell Rawson who each shot 65s, a shot ahead of Nisbet and Maverick Antcliff (66) at 11-under.

NSW’s Daniel Gale sits alone at 10-under ahead of a gaggle of players – Bateman, Peter Cooke, Mark Brown, Blake Proverbs, Christopher Wood and Adam Burnett - at nine-under.

A continuation of similar conditions tomorrow could see last year’s tournament record of 19-under par come under serious threat and with 13 players within five strokes of the lead, Sunday’s viewing should be extra special.

"There's a lot of talent around the top, all those guys can do it," Wilson added, "I'd like the wind to blow up a bit so we can sort of separate a bit but if it doesn't, its going to be a shootout out tomorrow."    


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