The home fans got a lot to cheer about on Day 3 of the Perth International 2013, as Western Australia's Brody Ninyette and Brett Rumford tore up the course.
Ninyette finished the day in the lead at eight under with a 67, while Rumford equalled the course record with an outstanding 65 to end the day just one shot behind his countryman.
Let's take a look at the leaderboard after the end of play on Day 3.
|Perth International Leaderboard, Day 3|
|Brody Ninyette (AUS)||-5||-8|
|Jin Jeong (KOR)||-3||-7|
|Brett Rumford (AUS)||-7||-7|
|JB Hansen (DEN)||-6||-7|
|James Nitties (AUS)||-3||-6|
|Richard Finch (ENG)||-3||-6|
|Ross Fisher (ENG)||-1||-6|
|Jason Scrivener (AUS)||-4||-6|
|Fredrik Andersson Hed (SWE)||-4||-6|
|Joel Sjoholm (SWE)||-5||-5|
Despite the top spot belonging to Ninyette, the plaudits for the day have to go to Rumford for his 65. His round consisted of eight birdies, and were it not for a bogey on the ninth, the course record would have been his outright.
Speaking to EuropeanTour.com, Rumford outlined how everything seemed to go right for him on Day 3:
The greens were receptive with the wedges, and my wedge game was great today.
It was a mixed bag of everything that was working well. It’s disappointing to have three putted the last, no doubt about it, but obviously my mind set, playing so well, was too aggressive on the last.
It would be massive to win on home soil. You win a couple of times and you think, let's go out and do it again but it doesn't quite happen that way and you realise how hard it is to win out here.
Rumford finished a shot behind fellow Australian Ninyette at seven under, but the current leader is also playing some excellent golf.
His round of 67 consisted of seven birdies of his own, and his rounds have consistently improved since the first day. Starting Day 2 at level par, Ninyette shot a three-under 69 before his 67 on the third round.
It's difficult to bet against that sort of form, and Ninyette's consistency will serve him well going into the final round.
Elsewhere, Peter Hedblom, who led the field after Day 2, shot a disappointing 75 to drop down to 13th. He now has an incredibly difficult task to make up the ground lost on Day 3.
England's Ross Fisher was also unable to match his five-under heroics of the previous day, finishing with a one-under 71 to fall back to fifth place.
Further back from the leaders, there was joy for Australia's David McKenzie, who hit a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth to become the owner of a Volkswagen Golf.
Currently joint 21st at two under, McKenzie is unlikely to challenge for the title. However, regardless of the outcome, he will at least leave Lake Karrinyup with a new car.
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