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Why Rafa Benitez will never be accepted at Chelsea as he makes his return with Newcastle, Sports | United Kingdom – London, Antonio Conte

Why Rafa Benitez will never be accepted at Chelsea as he makes his return with Newcastle, ‪Premier League, Newcastle United F.C.‬‬

Why Rafa Benitez will never be accepted at Chelsea as he makes his return with Newcastle, Sports | United Kingdom - LondonRafael Benitez returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday just over five years since being named Chelsea’s interim manager. But he won’t get a warm welcome back.

This is unusual given Chelsea regularly suspend their tribalism to honour former players and managers. Nemanja Matic was recently cheered and applauded despite lining up in a Manchester United shirt as the fans showed their class.

But Benitez won’t receive the same reception after never being accepted by the fans, despite the fact he wasn’t a flop as boss.

He replaced Champions League-winning coach, and the club’s legendary player, Roberto Di Matteo on November 21, 2012. Chelsea had declined in both the league and Champions League since their greatest glory just a few months earlier but it was still a tough act to follow for Benitez.





Why Rafa Benitez will never be accepted at Chelsea as he makes his return with Newcastle


Why Rafa Benitez will never be accepted at Chelsea as he makes his return with Newcastle, Sports | United Kingdom – London, Antonio Conte


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This is unusual given Chelsea regularly suspend their tribalism to honour former players and managers. Nemanja Matic was recently cheered and applauded despite lining up in a Manchester United shirt as the fans showed their class.

But Benitez won’t receive the same reception after never being accepted by the fans, despite the fact he wasn’t a flop as boss.

He replaced Champions League-winning coach, and the club’s legendary player, Roberto Di Matteo on November 21, 2012. Chelsea had declined in both the league and Champions League since their greatest glory just a few months earlier but it was still a tough act to follow for Benitez.,The Spaniard, now Newcastle’s manager, took Chelsea to a third-place finish, won the Europa League and got to semi-finals in both domestic cups. For 10 days, Chelsea held both European trophies after becoming only the fourth club to lift every European honour.

Chelsea fans already disliked Benitez before his appointment after he spent many years at war with the club and one of his predecessors Jose Mourinho. The battle between managers went from professional to personal and continued for a decade.,

Benitez also riled people by calling Didier Drogba a diver in 2008. He said: “With Drogba, it’s important to have a good referee. You can’t do anything [to stop him going down easily]. It’s very impressive. I have lots of clips from him over the years and he surprises me.”,Rafael Benitez returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday just over five years since being named Chelsea’s interim manager. But he won’t get a warm welcome back., Antonio Conte, ‪Premier League, Newcastle United F.C.‬‬

,It started after the 2005 Champions League semi-final when Liverpool beat Chelsea courtesy of Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ which separated the sides over two legs. A brash, young Mourinho raged in the media following the defeat, saying ‘You can say the linesman’s scored. It was a goal coming from the moon or from the Anfield Road stands’.

Benitez had already attacked Chelsea’s style of football ahead of that game as the club were desperate for European glory to justify the big spending of their relatively new owner Roman Abramovich.

Liverpool beat Chelsea again in the 2006 FA Cup semi-final and the pair refused to shake hands. Mourinho responded bitterly to questioning, ‘Did the best team win? I don’t think so. In a one-off game maybe they will surprise me and they can do it. In the Premiership, the distance between the teams is 45 points over two seasons’.,In the eyes of Chelsea supporters, this battle between managers would probably be fully forgiven by now, but Benitez aimed digs at fans while building up supporters at Anfield. He once accused Chelsea fans of needing plastic flags to generate an atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

Leclerc and Ericsson to race for Sauber in 2018, Sports | Italy – ARESE, Formula One

Leclerc and Ericsson to race for Sauber in 2018, ‪Charles Leclerc, Marcus Ericsson

Leclerc and Ericsson to race for Sauber in 2018, Sports | Italy - ARESEFormula Two champion Charles Leclerc will move up to Formula One with Alfa Romeo-backed Sauber next season while Marcus Ericcson stays in the lineup despite the Swede failing to score a point in 2017.

The announcement was made by Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne on Saturday at a presentation of Alfa Romeo’s new partnership with the Swiss team at the Italian marque’s museum near Milan.

That deal, marking the return of the historic Alfa Romeo name to Formula One after a 30-year absence, was announced earlier in the week.





Leclerc and Ericsson to race for Sauber in 2018


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The announcement was made by Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne on Saturday at a presentation of Alfa Romeo’s new partnership with the Swiss team at the Italian marque’s museum near Milan.

That deal, marking the return of the historic Alfa Romeo name to Formula One after a 30-year absence, was announced earlier in the week.,The lineup leaves Pascal Wehrlein, Ericsson’s German team mate, facing an uncertain future with former champions Williams the only remaining team with a vacancy but Poland’s Robert Kubica favourite to fill it.

Ferrari-backed Leclerc, 20 and from Monaco, had been expected to get the drive after a dominant season in the official feeder series.

Ericsson’s future had been in doubt, with Ferrari-backed Italian Antonio Giovinazzi also a candidate under the new partnership. The Swede does have strong ties with Sauber’s owners, however.

Marchionne, who is also the chairman of Sauber’s engine suppliers Ferrari, is attempting to reshape the Alfa Romeo brand and the title sponsorship of Sauber is part of that.,

“Formula One is the natural reference point for a marque like this,” he said.,Formula Two champion Charles Leclerc will move up to Formula One with Alfa Romeo-backed Sauber next season while Marcus Ericcson stays in the lineup despite the Swede failing to score a point in 2017., Formula One, ‪Charles Leclerc, Marcus Ericsson

,Marchionne warned, however, that the deal could end in 2021 should Ferrari leave Formula One at that point because of a disagreement over the direction of the sport under new owners Liberty Media.

Formula One chairman Chase Carey and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, president of the governing FIA, both attended Saturday’s presentation.

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) have invested billions of euros since 2014 to develop new Alfa Romeo models that would stand up against German premium rivals and shed a reputation for poor quality and service that has hit sales in the past decade. Marchionne is betting on the sporty Alfa Romeo because he believes it can deliver the global profile that the mass-market Fiat brand cannot and far greater sales volumes than top-end Maseratis.,The first two Formula One world championships in 1950 and 1951 were won by Italian Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in Alfa Romeo cars. The constructors’ championship did not start until 1958.

Ferrari’s late founder Enzo started out racing and managing a team for Alfa Romeo, before setting up on his own in the late 1930s. Ferrari celebrated the 70th anniversary of his first car this year.

Alfa Romeo, founded in 1910, supplied Formula One engines in the 1960s and 1970s and returned as a constructor in 1979 before again withdrawing at the end of 1985.Fiat bought Alfa, whose iconic red Spider 1600 was driven by Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 cult film “The Graduate”, in 1986, but several previous attempts at reviving the brand have stalled.

Nicco Montano: Quiet Beyond The Cage, Fierce Under The Lights, Sports | USA – Las Vegas, Ultimate Fighting Championship

Nicco Montano: Quiet Beyond The Cage, Fierce Under The Lights, The Ultimate Fighter, A New World Champion

Nicco Montano: Quiet Beyond The Cage, Fierce Under The Lights, Sports | USA - Las VegasWhen “The Ultimate Fighter” season 26 kicked off earlier this year, the 16 women contending to become the first ever UFC flyweight champion were ranked for the tournament style format.

Nicco Montano heard her name called early on during the team selections but not because Eddie Alvarez or Justin Gaethje picked her.

Instead, Montano ended up with Gaethje by default after Alvarez selected UFC veteran Lauren Murphy as the No. 3 seed and the corresponding No. 14 ranked fighter automatically went to the other team.

Despite being a relative unknown when the show started and having a No. 14 next to her name didn’t deter or intimidate Montano one bit. In fact, she knew from the first day she walked into “The Ultimate Fighter” gym that she was going to be seen as an underdog but Montano planned on proving to everybody that she belonged once she stepped into the Octagon.





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Nicco Montano: Quiet Beyond The Cage, Fierce Under The Lights, Sports | USA – Las Vegas, Ultimate Fighting Championship


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Despite being a relative unknown when the show started and having a No. 14 next to her name didn’t deter or intimidate Montano one bit. In fact, she knew from the first day she walked into “The Ultimate Fighter” gym that she was going to be seen as an underdog but Montano planned on proving to everybody that she belonged once she stepped into the Octagon.,Montano certainly got everybody’s attention with a win over Murphy in the opening round but then she proceeded to do the same to No. 6 seed Montana Stewart and then taking down No. 2 seed and former Invicta FC champion Barb Honchak, handing her a loss for the first time in seven years.

Throughout the show while other fighters were ultra confident in interviews or plotting for the finals during the first week of the season, Montano just kept quiet before storming through the competition en route to her chance to become the first ever UFC women’s flyweight champion.

It’s not because Montano is afraid to speak — she just picks the right time to say what needs to be said.,

“I just didn’t think in those terms,” Montano told FloCombat when talking about her ranking on the show. “It’s anybody’s game. You can get caught with anything. It’s anybody’s game once you’re in there, you just have to be on point.”,When “The Ultimate Fighter” season 26 kicked off earlier this year, the 16 women contending to become the first ever UFC flyweight champion were ranked for the tournament style format.

Nicco Montano heard her name called early on during the team selections but not because Eddie Alvarez or Justin Gaethje picked her.

Instead, Montano ended up with Gaethje by default after Alvarez selected UFC veteran Lauren Murphy as the No. 3 seed and the corresponding No. 14 ranked fighter automatically went to the other team., Ultimate Fighting Championship, The Ultimate Fighter, A New World Champion

,”I keep quiet because I know where the business needs to be handled. It’s in the cage, it’s in the Octagon,” Montano said. “I’ll keep quiet until it’s my turn to get loud.

“When I get in that Octagon, that’s when I get loud.”

Not looking too far ahead seemed to be one of Montano’s greatest weapons during her time on the reality show as she just stayed focused on the task at hand with whoever she was supposed to fight next.

This time, however, Montano is allowing herself to think ahead just a little bit because part of her preparation for “The Ultimate Fighter” 26 Finale main event is envisioning what it’s going to feel like to have that UFC title wrapped around her waist with just one more win.

“I do envision that moment,” Montano said. “I don’t take my thoughts away from what I’m trying to achieve and I don’t think I’m invoking a false reality by envisioning that. This is my chance. This is my opportunity. I see that belt getting wrapped around my waist.,”I’m thinking that it’s going to be a hard dogfight match but I’m going to love it and I’m going to love that belt.”

The Grand Tour Reminds us James May is Still Alive, Entertainment | england – London, James May

The Grand Tour Reminds us James May is Still Alive, ‪Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond

The Grand Tour Reminds us James May is Still Alive, Entertainment | england - LondonCompared to his colleagues, The Grand Tour‘s James May had relatively uneventful offseason.

The second season of The Grand Tour is set to premiere on December 8 on Amazon Prime Video, and if you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond had quite the adventures while shooting. Hammond has now famously crashed the Rimac Concept One in Switzerland, while Clarkson battled pneumonia that very nearly killed him. May on the other hand? Well, he managed to stay out of the spotlight, which seems fitting for Captain Slow.

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A new video released by The Grand Tour takes a look at how May enjoyed his free time while Clarkson and Hammond were hospitalized. And in typical fashion that we’ve grown accustomed to over the years from the three hosts, things aren’t what they appear to be for Mr. James May.

Jeremy Clarkson says The Grand Tour ‘isn’t a car show’,Compared to his colleagues, The Grand Tour‘s James May had relatively uneventful offseason., James May, ‪Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond

Jeremy Clarkson has compared his recent run of bad luck to a theory about old stars.

“Just before they die,” he says, “they burn more brightly than ever before, then become a black hole and collapse in on themselves.”

So have Clarkson, Hammond and May passed a point of no return, and begun their collapse into star death? Physically, things were not looking so good earlier this year.

“James was the first to be hospitalised,” Clarkson says. “He did a couple of weeks in hospital. Unspecified illness, who knows. May called it ‘essentially very severe food poisoning’ which required ‘elaborate antibiotics’.


“So he was out, then as soon as he got better Hammond went upside down again, broke his leg,” Clarkson added.

Hammond was filming for The Grand Tour when the Rimac Concept One electric supercar he was driving left a mountain road in St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland and burst into flames. Jeremy Clarkson tweeted about the accident, saying: “It was the biggest crash I have ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly okay.’’

Hammond now has 10 pins and a metal plate holding his leg together, and will probably never run again.

Then, as soon as Hammond could get back to filming, Clarkson went into hospital with double pneumonia.

“I’m made of wood and stone so it didn’t really put me out of action for very long,” he says. “But I look at what we’ve done the last nine months and think ‘how the bloody hell did we do that’? … In the tiny little gaps where all three of us were fully functioning we’d get out there and drive really fast before one of us was ill again.”

Clarkson also insists that The Grand Tour isn’t actually a car show at all.

“It’s a travel show, it’s an adventure show, it’s a show about three old men falling over,” he offers. “If you actually look at the world, the sales of car magazines is dwindling, the number of carmakers in the world is dwindling. The interest in cars is at its lowest point probably ever.

“If you went around saying ‘yeah we’re making a car show’ nobody would watch it. It would be like saying ‘we’re making a show on mangles’.”

And it’s a place where a certain, old-fashioned view of the world can feel at home.

“We are known for speaking our minds and saying what we think,” Clarkson says. “People get fed up and then they watch us … and they see people talking how they talk. It’s kind of quite nice.”





The Grand Tour Reminds us James May is Still Alive


The Grand Tour Reminds us James May is Still Alive, Entertainment | england – London, James May


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The second season of The Grand Tour is set to premiere on December 8 on Amazon Prime Video, and if you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond had quite the adventures while shooting. Hammond has now famously crashed the Rimac Concept One in Switzerland, while Clarkson battled pneumonia that very nearly killed him. May on the other hand? Well, he managed to stay out of the spotlight, which seems fitting for Captain Slow.,A new video released by The Grand Tour takes a look at how May enjoyed his free time while Clarkson and Hammond were hospitalized. And in typical fashion that we’ve grown accustomed to over the years from the three hosts, things aren’t what they appear to be for Mr. James May.,

Jeremy Clarkson says The Grand Tour ‘isn’t a car show’,Compared to his colleagues, The Grand Tour‘s James May had relatively uneventful offseason., James May, ‪Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond

,Jeremy Clarkson has compared his recent run of bad luck to a theory about old stars.

“Just before they die,” he says, “they burn more brightly than ever before, then become a black hole and collapse in on themselves.”

So have Clarkson, Hammond and May passed a point of no return, and begun their collapse into star death? Physically, things were not looking so good earlier this year.

“James was the first to be hospitalised,” Clarkson says. “He did a couple of weeks in hospital. Unspecified illness, who knows. May called it ‘essentially very severe food poisoning’ which required ‘elaborate antibiotics’.,“So he was out, then as soon as he got better Hammond went upside down again, broke his leg,” Clarkson added.

Hammond was filming for The Grand Tour when the Rimac Concept One electric supercar he was driving left a mountain road in St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland and burst into flames. Jeremy Clarkson tweeted about the accident, saying: “It was the biggest crash I have ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly okay.’’

Hammond now has 10 pins and a metal plate holding his leg together, and will probably never run again.

Then, as soon as Hammond could get back to filming, Clarkson went into hospital with double pneumonia.

“I’m made of wood and stone so it didn’t really put me out of action for very long,” he says. “But I look at what we’ve done the last nine months and think ‘how the bloody hell did we do that’? … In the tiny little gaps where all three of us were fully functioning we’d get out there and drive really fast before one of us was ill again.”

Clarkson also insists that The Grand Tour isn’t actually a car show at all.

“It’s a travel show, it’s an adventure show, it’s a show about three old men falling over,” he offers. “If you actually look at the world, the sales of car magazines is dwindling, the number of carmakers in the world is dwindling. The interest in cars is at its lowest point probably ever.

“If you went around saying ‘yeah we’re making a car show’ nobody would watch it. It would be like saying ‘we’re making a show on mangles’.”

And it’s a place where a certain, old-fashioned view of the world can feel at home.

“We are known for speaking our minds and saying what we think,” Clarkson says. “People get fed up and then they watch us … and they see people talking how they talk. It’s kind of quite nice.”

Marc Leishman powers to share of Australian PGA lead after all-out attack on par fives, Sports | Australia – Victoria, Australian PGA Championship

Marc Leishman powers to share of Australian PGA lead after all-out attack on par fives, ‪PGA TOUR‬, Sergio García

Marc Leishman powers to share of Australian PGA lead after all-out attack on par fives, Sports | Australia - VictoriaMARC Leishman’s all-out attack on the par fives may put him within reach of the Australian PGA title yet it will take the bulldog spirit he admires most in marvel Peter Senior to nail it.

The tall Victorian tore apart Royal Pines with seven birdies and an eagle for a superb 65 to emphasis again why the Greg Norman Medal gong for Australia’s top golfer of the year was a no-contest.

Beyond reaching the joint lead at 12-under-par (67-65), it was the sheer relish to back the supreme confidence in his game that suggested Leishman can grab the first big title on home soil that he craves.

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It was all summed up on the par fives and not just because of his second eagle of the week on the 15th where he ripped a four iron 229m to just over 2m.

It was his audacious play to lash driver off the deck at the par five 12th hole in an effort to plunder another eagle.

Leishman’s play from 245m into a little wind was pin high but skewed 10m right into a lake for bogey. It didn’t perturb him or coach Denis McDade because Leishman is not going to bed on Sunday night wondering if a little more fearless shotmaking could have been the difference.

“I’m fairly aggressive with my golf and if I feel like there’s a chance I can make (eagle) three by being aggressive, I’ll go for it,” Leishman said.,MARC Leishman’s all-out attack on the par fives may put him within reach of the Australian PGA title yet it will take the bulldog spirit he admires most in marvel Peter Senior to nail it., Australian PGA Championship, ‪PGA TOUR‬, Sergio García

Leishman is ever more grateful for wife Audrey telling him to get his backside back to Australia this week, rather than playing the Tiger Woods’ tournament in the Bahamas, because he always wanted to show respect to The Shark Medal by collecting it in person.

Seasoned pros Rod Pampling (2008 Australian Masters) and John Senden (2006 Australian Open) both cherish their single big Australian title.

Leishman and impressive Queenslander Cameron Smith (68-67) will have a void in their resumes until they win one too.


“There’s obviously a long way to go but to win in front of friends and family would be huge because you play all around the world where you don’t have a whole lot of support,” Leishman said.

“It’s also to win a tournament that you’ve grown up watching on TV. You’ve gone and watched it as a kid and hope you’re going to play in it and possibly win it.

“A thanks to Audrey. Hopefully, I can make the trip really worthwhile by having a trophy on Sunday afternoon but a lot can happen between now and then.”

Co-leader Adam Bland (66-66) will be a thorn but there’ll be no Adam Scott (71-74) after his shock missed cut while Spaniard Sergio Garcia (67-71) must fight from six behind after a flat day.

Leishman was just a gangly 16-year-old from Warrnambool when he attended the 1999 Australian PGA at the Victoria Golf Club and daydreamed about the position he is in right now.

The “Leee-i-sh” yells are growing on course too just as the volume is up for local favourite Smith, whose magic moment was pulling his drive on the 12th into the lake and still chipping in for the wildest of his five birdies.

Leishman recalled playing one of his earliest pro events more than a decade ago at Royal Pines when a last-hole birdie gave him a chance of winning until Senior stepped up.

“He had about a 100-footer on the 18th green and he two-putted to keep me out of a play-off,” Leishman said of the ageless 58-year-old Senior.

“He’s such a competitor and what he’s done this week (67-71) doesn’t surprise me.

“Put him anywhere in any tournament and he’ll fight it out. He’s like a bulldog and a role model as well.”

With every player making the cut under par, hot weekend scoring can turn the PGA into a lottery and Leishman’s own bulldog qualities will need to fight through the crowd.

Those fans out early for the 6.10am group revelled in the spectacle. Between them, Leishman, Harold Varner III (66) and Matt Jones (69) plundered 19 birdies and an eagle.

LEADERBOARD
12-under: Marc Leishman (67-65), Adam Bland (66-66)

10-under: Greg Chalmers (68-66)

9-under: Cameron Smith (68-67), Jordan Zunic (66-69), Rhein Gibson (68-67)

7-under: Harold Varner III (71-66), James Nitties (68-69), Brett Rankin (68-69)





Marc Leishman powers to share of Australian PGA lead after all-out attack on par fives


Marc Leishman powers to share of Australian PGA lead after all-out attack on par fives, Sports | Australia – Victoria, Australian PGA Championship


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The tall Victorian tore apart Royal Pines with seven birdies and an eagle for a superb 65 to emphasis again why the Greg Norman Medal gong for Australia’s top golfer of the year was a no-contest.

Beyond reaching the joint lead at 12-under-par (67-65), it was the sheer relish to back the supreme confidence in his game that suggested Leishman can grab the first big title on home soil that he craves.,It was all summed up on the par fives and not just because of his second eagle of the week on the 15th where he ripped a four iron 229m to just over 2m.

It was his audacious play to lash driver off the deck at the par five 12th hole in an effort to plunder another eagle.

Leishman’s play from 245m into a little wind was pin high but skewed 10m right into a lake for bogey. It didn’t perturb him or coach Denis McDade because Leishman is not going to bed on Sunday night wondering if a little more fearless shotmaking could have been the difference.,

“I’m fairly aggressive with my golf and if I feel like there’s a chance I can make (eagle) three by being aggressive, I’ll go for it,” Leishman said.,MARC Leishman’s all-out attack on the par fives may put him within reach of the Australian PGA title yet it will take the bulldog spirit he admires most in marvel Peter Senior to nail it., Australian PGA Championship, ‪PGA TOUR‬, Sergio García

,Leishman is ever more grateful for wife Audrey telling him to get his backside back to Australia this week, rather than playing the Tiger Woods’ tournament in the Bahamas, because he always wanted to show respect to The Shark Medal by collecting it in person.

Seasoned pros Rod Pampling (2008 Australian Masters) and John Senden (2006 Australian Open) both cherish their single big Australian title.

Leishman and impressive Queenslander Cameron Smith (68-67) will have a void in their resumes until they win one too.,“There’s obviously a long way to go but to win in front of friends and family would be huge because you play all around the world where you don’t have a whole lot of support,” Leishman said.

“It’s also to win a tournament that you’ve grown up watching on TV. You’ve gone and watched it as a kid and hope you’re going to play in it and possibly win it.

“A thanks to Audrey. Hopefully, I can make the trip really worthwhile by having a trophy on Sunday afternoon but a lot can happen between now and then.”

Co-leader Adam Bland (66-66) will be a thorn but there’ll be no Adam Scott (71-74) after his shock missed cut while Spaniard Sergio Garcia (67-71) must fight from six behind after a flat day.

Leishman was just a gangly 16-year-old from Warrnambool when he attended the 1999 Australian PGA at the Victoria Golf Club and daydreamed about the position he is in right now.

The “Leee-i-sh” yells are growing on course too just as the volume is up for local favourite Smith, whose magic moment was pulling his drive on the 12th into the lake and still chipping in for the wildest of his five birdies.

Leishman recalled playing one of his earliest pro events more than a decade ago at Royal Pines when a last-hole birdie gave him a chance of winning until Senior stepped up.

“He had about a 100-footer on the 18th green and he two-putted to keep me out of a play-off,” Leishman said of the ageless 58-year-old Senior.

“He’s such a competitor and what he’s done this week (67-71) doesn’t surprise me.

“Put him anywhere in any tournament and he’ll fight it out. He’s like a bulldog and a role model as well.”

With every player making the cut under par, hot weekend scoring can turn the PGA into a lottery and Leishman’s own bulldog qualities will need to fight through the crowd.

Those fans out early for the 6.10am group revelled in the spectacle. Between them, Leishman, Harold Varner III (66) and Matt Jones (69) plundered 19 birdies and an eagle.

LEADERBOARD
12-under: Marc Leishman (67-65), Adam Bland (66-66)

10-under: Greg Chalmers (68-66)

9-under: Cameron Smith (68-67), Jordan Zunic (66-69), Rhein Gibson (68-67)

7-under: Harold Varner III (71-66), James Nitties (68-69), Brett Rankin (68-69)

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