Sherratt takes the lead at NEC Amateur

Jordan Sherratt has a two stroke lead over Kieran Pratt moving in to the final round of the NEC Amateur at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne. Despite firing a 2-over-par round of 74 yesterday, Sherratt was able to bounced back with a third round 2-under-par 70 for the day's low round in conditions where the majority of the field struggled. Sherratt is currently at 6-under-par for the tournament. A two-time winner last season with the 2009 Riversdale Cup and a win at the Barrett Amateur in Canada, Sherratt goes into tomorrow's final round full of optimism and relieved to have played his way back into the tournament. "It was good to come back after the round that I had yesterday," said Sherratt this evening. "I'm striking the ball well and hitting fairways, which is making the difference with my game. Hopefully I can pull a win out tomorrow, but we will wait and see." Overnight leader Kieran Pratt fired rounds of 67-72-73 to be at 4-under-par and two ahead of world number 2, France's Victor Dubuisson. Pratt's third round was punctuated with missed opportunities as he came to terms with the tricky conditions on the greens with strong southerly winds continually lashing the Yarra Yarra layout throughout the day. On the last three occasions he's played amateur golf Pratt has won and tomorrow he'd looking to make up the two stroke deficit with Sherratt and claim his fourth victory in as many starts. World number 2, France's Victor Dubuisson is dangerously placed just four strokes from the leader and continues to attack the Yarra Yarra layout without fear or concern. "You could say that I'm an aggressive player of the golf course," remarked Dubuisson following today's round. "I actually like to take my time thinking about the strategy and focus just on my game. But I need to shoot a low round in the 60's to have any chance tomorrow." Two years ago at the Federal Amateur in Canberra, Dubuisson pushed Matt Jager to the wire and was unlucky not to claim his maiden Australian amateur title there. The Frenchman has fond memories of playing in Australia and appreciates what's needed to win Down-Under. "Australia has so many great players and you have to score well to take tournaments here. That is why I love playing in Australia, as the competition is very high." A stroke behind Dubuisson at 1-under-par is USA's, Bud Cauley, after rounds of 76-65-74. Cauley is certainly capable of making up the five stroke margin with Sherratt and will be a player to closely follow during tomorrow's final round. Jin Jeong struggled in the blustery conditions, firing a 7-over-par, 79 to move down the leaderboard after starting today's round in second position. Jeon finds himself at 3-over-par for the tournament and nine behind Sherratt. Geoffrey Drakeford, the first round leader along with Jordan Sherratt, fired a third round 75 to be in a share of fifth place at 1-over-par, along with Matt Jager and Tarquin MacManus.

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