Green finds form at Coolum 

TORONTO’S Nathan Green fired the second-best round of the day at Coolum today to march into contention at the Australian PGA Championships.

The near-flawless six-under 66 propelled the US-based professional to 13th on the leaderboard at 209, seven under par.

Victorian Anthony Brown (64) produced the lowest round of the day to move into second place, two shots behind clubhouse leader Daniel Popovic with 18 holes to play.

At the start of the third round Green was 39th at one under.

A birdie on the 10th kick-started his round and another six followed, with the sole bogey carded on the fourth.

Muswellbrook’s Kurt Barnes, who began in the 10th place on five under, also started his round with a birdie.

On the par-three 11th Barnes produced the day’s highlight when he sunk 160-metre ace using his pitching wedge.

The big-driving right-hander followed the hole-in-one with another birdie to go three under, but a double bogey on the 13th stalled his momentum.

Barnes finished the day with 71 to be six under at 18th.

Charlestown’s James Nitties is also 18th at six under following a solid round of 68.

Leigh McKechnie’s desperate bid to finish in the top 10 to retain his Australasian Tour card is still alive.

The Waratah professional shot 72   to remain five under in 24th place.

Four birdies on the back nine laid the foundation for a solid round of 68 from Charlestown’s Jake Higginbottom to move the rookie professional into 37th place at three under.

Charlestown’s Aaron Townsend (74) and Belmont’s Brendan Smith (71) are both well off the pace at one under and even par respectively.

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