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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Armstrong runs hot in Australia’s WA PGA – PGA

When people think of Kalgoorlie, they usually don’t even think of Canberra, hoping if you’re Josh Armstrong leading the CKB WA PA Championship at Kalgoorlie Golf Course by two shots at the halfway point. Huh.

Armstrong, 22, followed up his seven-under par in the heat of yesterday afternoon with another round of 65 in the cool conditions of this morning.

Unfavorable weather conditions took Armstrong back to his early days in the nation’s capital, and he took full advantage of his acquaintance for the tournament.

“Growing up in Canberra helps,” he said with a laugh.

“Believe it or not, the ball wasn’t really traveling any differently for me. Maybe there were a few more people but it was a very smooth transition.

“When I was not in the position, I was able to play quite safe and manage well. I think I played smart when I needed to and made the most of it when I was in good shape and could attack a bit more.

“I was working with my sports psycho about a week ago saying I want to be more responsive to what’s in front of me and I’m obviously doing a great job at that. I’m right where I am. Trying to stay and do what I need to do at that time.”

The New South Welshman is “substantially influenced” by Kalgoorlie in his first visit to the city, about 600 km east-northeast of Perth, but has his sights set on the United States.

Armstrong is currently ranked 21st on the PGA Tour of Australia’s Order of Merit standings and is focused on achieving top-15 spots that earn entry to the second round of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying.

“One of the main reasons I’m stressing is that I want to play here,” he said.

“Makes life so much easier if you can skip the first step. Q-school is arguably one of the hardest weeks in golf, so I’m going to try and have a good three weeks and see how high I get.” I can.”

To stay on top this weekend, Armstrong will have to contend with a strong chasing pack.

Overnight leader Austin Bautista is second only to shoot 68 to go twelve-under for the tournament, and like Armstrong, he is bogey-free so far.

West Australian Scott Strange and New South Welshman Jay Mackenzie are a further two shots behind in the third half, while Louis Dobbler (fifth) and Dimitrios Papadatos (sixth) are in the mix and hunting for significant Order of Merit earnings.

Round 3 of the CKB WA PGA Championship will be broadcast on Fox Sports 503 and Kayo Sports from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

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