Family motivates Laycock to claim Vic PGA Championship title

Scott Laycock would like nothing better than to win the Victorian PGA Championship at Creswick tomorrow with his family watching on.

His 13-year-old son Joel will caddy for him, as he has in the second and third rounds, and his wife Janet is in the gallery.

Laycock has not won a four-round stroke event on the Australasian PGA Tour since the 2001 Victorian Open.

He did win the 2011 Surf Coast Knockout on The Sands layout at Torquay, but that was played under an experimental format and is no longer part of the tour.

Laycock has also had wins on the Japan and Asian tours, but it is a home traditional title that the Victorian is desperate to again secure.

While he was unable to match the moves of leader David McKenzie, who had a seven-under, and Matthew Griffin's six-under, Laycock did enough in today's third round to remain in contention.

His one-under has him tied for second with Griffin at seven-under - four shots behind McKenzie.

Laycock is not fazed by the margin.

Far from it.

"Four shots is nothing," he said.

"Six up with four to play is nothing on this course."

He said one of the nuances of the Creswick course was the possibility of balls taking bad bounces.

Laycock said he had been playing well, although he did not putt as well today as he did on Friday 

when he shot 68.

He three-putted four times, which was reflected in his round of one eagle, three birdies and four bogeys.

Steve Dartnall, from Western Australia, echoed almost word-for-word Laycock's thoughts on what could happen in tomorrow's fourth round.

Dartnall went into today's third round sharing the lead with Victorian amateur Nathan Holman at seven-under overnight.

He had a two-over 74 and is now equal fourth with Andre Stolz - six shots off the pace.

"Anything can happen," Dartnall said regarding Sunday's fourth round.

"You can have bad bounces, good bounces.

"You have to take it as it comes," he said.

Dartnall said he was happy enough with the way he was playing.

He said it would mean a great deal to win.


7am: Leighton Lyle 

7.09: Jordan Sherratt, Brent McCullough 

7.18: Kurt Carlson, Ryan Fox 

7.27: Terry Pilkadaris, Jason Scrivener 

7.36 Peter Nolan, David Bransdon 

7.45: Rika Batibasaga, Edward Stedman 

7.54: Benjamin Bloomfield, Kristopher Mueck 

8.03: Matt Giles, Steven Jones 

8.12: Paul Sheehan, David Klein 

8.21: Marcus Cain, Neil Sarkies 

8.35: Chris Gaunt, Peter Wilson 

8.44: Pieter Zwart, Leigh McKechnie 

8.53: Peter O'Malley, Bradley Lamb 

9.02: Brendan Smith, Gareth Paddison 

9.11: Jason Norris, Michael Wright 

9.20: Tom Bond, Matthew Millar 

9.29: Daniel Nisbet, Anthony Brown 

9.38: Aaron Townsend, Nathan Holman 

9.52: Rohan Blizard, John Wade 

10.01: Paul Gow, Andrew Tschudin 

10.10: Lindsay Wilson, Michael Foster 

10.19: Ashley Hall, Michael Choi 

10.28: Michael Long, Josh Younger 

10.37: Anthony Summers, Stephen Dartnall 

10.46: Andre Stolz, Scott Laycock 

10.55: Matthew Griffin, David McKenzie 

Scott Laycock plays himself out of trouble in the Victorian PGA Championship third round at Creswick today. Photo: Adam Trafford

Scott Laycock plays himself out of trouble in the Victorian PGA Championship third round at Creswick today. Photo: Adam Trafford