Anthony Brown sizzles in Australian PGA at Coolum
VICTORIAN Anthony Brown, a casualty of a career going nowhere, has breathed life into his wilting golf game.
Brown, 30, had six birdies in eight holes en route to an eight-under 64 that left him two shots behind fellow Victorian Daniel Popovic heading into today's $1.25 million Australian PGA Championship final round at the Palmer Coolum Resort.
Married with a young son and winless, Brown has found himself in unchartered territory.
Never before has he been a contender in such a big tournament after three rounds.
"If I was to be honest, I probably would have thought something like this would have happened to me a bit sooner," he said.
"But like I said earlier, sometimes, despite your best efforts, things don't quite pan out as you would have hoped.
"It felt comfortable out there today, and I'm looking forward to getting out there tomorrow (today), getting another good grouping and enjoying it."
A great drive and approach shot on the 385m par-four 18th set up a birdie finish for Brown.
He shot 73 and 68 in the first two rounds.
Not overly tall but well built, Brown does not know why he has suddenly found good form.
But what he does know is this: his year on the Australasian and OneAsia tours was in danger of being memorable only for its mediocrity. Whatever happens today, this tournament has changed that.
"Look. I've been working hard, harder this year than I ever have, and when things aren't going your way ... it's sometimes hard to swallow," he said.
"It's just been a matter of trying to concentrate on the course and relax a bit more on the course and just let things come to you a bit more than trying to force things to happen.
"Quite often you feel like you've done everything right, but for some reason it doesn't happen.
"Of late things have just started to turn around. I just feel a lot better out on the course overall."
Brown's only blemish was a five on the par-four 13th.