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Australian Open day-three snapshot

By AAP Newswire

SNAPSHOT OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN THIRD ROUND AT THE LAKES:

LEADERBOARD: Abraham Ancer (-13), Keita Nakajima (-8), Marcus Fraser, Keegan Bradley (-7), Aaron Pike, Dimitrios Papadatos, Matt Kucher (-6)

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Abraham Ancer - the US PGA Tour star is a hot favourite to become the first Mexican to win the Stonehaven Cup after a brilliant seven-under-par 65

SHOT OF THE ROUND: Aaron Pike's hole-out eagle two on the par-4 third sparked a blitz of seven under par for his first seven holes

QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "(A) rules official came up and wanted to talk to me about it on the eighth tee or whatever, which probably wasn't the right time to come up to me and talk to me about it, and then told me it's the one-shot penalty. So I probably would have preferred if it was after the round." - Jake McLeod after being docked while in the lead for waiting too long for a birdie putt to drop into the fourth hole

TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: The Open is Ancer's to lose after streeting the field with nine birdies in Saturday's dazzling display.