Dodt targets NSW Open after birdie blitz

Andrew Dodt surged into contention for the NSW Open after breaking the course record to take a one-stroke lead into the third round at Twin Creeks in Sydney.

29-Nov-2019 By Australian Associated Press

Queensland's Andrew Dodt produced the round of his career to rocket into contention at the NSW Open with a stunning course record at Sydney's Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club.

Dodt scorched around the layout on Friday, racking up 11 birdies to card a 61 and take a one-stroke lead into the penultimate round at 14-under.

The 33-year-old, who was only participating because the Hong Kong Open was postponed due to ongoing political violence, described his 18-hole masterclass as easily the highlight of his life as a professional.

"That was the best round of my pro career so far," he said.

"I got hot around the turn and made a few birdies, and then I started getting a bit nervy thinking 'I'm getting pretty low here'."

Newcastle-based Dodt knew he needed at least two birdies on his back nine to challenge last year's course record, a 10-under 62 by reigning NSW Open champion Jake McLeod.

With that goal achieved he comfortably parred the last three holes.

"I didn't give myself great chances on the last three, but all in all a great day's work," he said.

West Australian 21-year-old Min Woo Lee leads the chasers after he added a 67 to his superb opening round 64 to stay on track for his maiden professional win.

Overnight leader Josh Younger constructed a solid 70 to be three shots of the pace.


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