Dodt maintains lead at Royal Pines

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Local Andrew Dodt remains two shots clear atop the leaderboard after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship.

Despite bogeying his final hole for a two-under-par 70 in the penultimate round at the RACV Royal Pines resort on Saturday, Australian Dodt maintained his lead ahead of the chasing pack.

While he was unable to card a third succussive round in the 60s on the Gold Coast, two-time European Tour champion Dodt was still good enough to end the day at 14 under through 54 holes following five birdies and three bogeys.

American Harold Varner III and Australian Ashley Hall are within two strokes of Dodt.

Varner holed two eagles in a third-round 67 as he moved into a tie for second alongside Hall.

Hall eagled the ninth heading to the turn but back-to-back bogeys to end the round saw him drop valuable shots.

Former world number one Adam Scott struggled on the back nine as he fell four strokes adrift of Dodt.

Scott produced a blemish-free front nine to be within two of the lead but he was unable to maintain his momentum, bogeying the 10th, 13th and 16th holes.

Fellow Australian John Senden is also 10 under overall.