Leishman shares 3rd position with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton, a bogey at the last after being forced to lay up with his second shot from the right rough a perhaps disappointing finish to yet another solid round.
Greg Chalmers is another Australian in the mix and, although five shots from the leaders and in a share of 8th position, he is not without hope of contending over the final stages tomorrow.
Chalmers shares 8th position with, amongst others, Rory McIlroy who made a big move today with a ‘best round of the day’ 65 to move 38th places and to the edge of contention.
Cameron Smith continued his recovery from his opening round of 74 with a second consecutive 69 to be in a share of 15th position while Aaron Baddeley is 24th and defending champion, Jason Day, now 39th after a third round of 75 which included four dropped shots in three holes during his closing nine today.
Ryan Ruffels continued to slip down the leaderboard after his opening round of 66 to be in 61st position after his round of 76 today.