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Aussie Masters Primed For Fine Finish...

If you haven't been watching you've missed some super golf and coverage from Kingston Heath, including some fresh faced Aussies and a variety of conditions.

A final round duel awaits with a forecast calling for some wind to make the likely two-man showdown between Adam Scott -(67, -12) and Ian Poulter (64, -13), who both stumbled at 16 and 17 and still combined for -13 under playing together Saturday, with Poulter chasing the course record for a time. 

Matt Murnane and Will Brodie monitored the round on a Sydney Morning Herald live blog.

Golf Channel starts final round coverage Saturday at 5:30 Pacific.

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Reader Comments (16)

Scott and Poulter were fantastic today. Scott is miles more impressive - which makes Poulter's play very impressive in its own way.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Graeme McDowell will slide straight into the announcing booth when he hangs it up. Great to listen to in the booth today
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
It's really irritating that there is no coverage in the UK of this tournament.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephen W
McDowell apparently walked in to the IMG office on Friday night and apologised for how he had played and offered to do 'anything you need' to make up. Aside from 67 he did the TV as well. Not something many would do.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Imagine if the long putter were banned.. Poults would be running away with this.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
Good on ya Graeme, perhaps you should let your buddy Rory in on a couple of secrets about how things are done.

The HK Government, spurred on by the HK Golf Association, managed to come up with a ridiculous amount of appearance money to get Rory to show up, even though he was the defending champion (isn't there some unwritten rule about defending a title? If not, my bad.), and he promptly missed the cut !

I imagine he's left town by now......

11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDick Mahoon
How about Campbo showing signs of life? Always seemed like a good guy.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Would someone be able to explain to me the color of the sand in the bunkers. Is that just the natural sand from the sand belt? Is that the material that the golf course is built upon? It looks great to play out of, nice and firm, not soft, fluffy like many NA courses.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
If we get Mike's attention I'm sure he can confirm, but I do believe it's the natural site sand and even if they import some, they don't process it in any way and do not load the faces up with it. The bunker faces are exposed native material with a spritzing of the sand. What you get is no plugged lies, easy smoothing/raking, easy in and out. All makes too much sense.
11.17.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff

It's just the native sand in most cases. There are parts of the sandbelt not on sand and in those places they import it from other parts of the course to use in bunkers. Mostly though it's just a matter of digging a hole and making the bunker.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Thanks Geoff and Mike. As a superintendent for many years, bunker maintenance was the bane of my existence. Those bunkers look like a dream!
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Don't bet on it - the members complain about them just like they do everywhere else. The usual is 'not enough sand' and 'like concrete'
Of course for good players they are perfect because they understand how to use the sole of the sand iron - and crap players don't even know what its for.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Mike, Brad, Geoff- am I alone, or are these the most beautiful bunkers anywhere?

I just look so forward to this time of year for the wonderful family gathering/arguing, the exciting smiles upon Christmas present openings, and the beautiful bunkering of the Australian golf courses we are treated to in prime time. and into the night. An other than the GD punching/ sanding and the stupid rye overseed of the greens, the dormant bermuda and the dramatic contrast of brown and green.... ah it makes me babble, but you all read that.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
They are beautiful bunkers - but they really only work here. People try and copy them but they are never quite the same. Coore and Crenshaw and Doak and Hanse do beautiful bunkers where ever they go.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Clayton
Dick - Rory and Wozi are sunning themselves in Dubai right now.
11.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
Mike, do they only work because of the soil composition?
11.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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