Cameron Smith has made his move in the shadows to burst clear of sparring partner Marc Leishman and get within reach of back-to-back Australian PGA Championships.

Smith (14 under) spread five birdies across a mistake-free round of 67 in another controlled showing at Royal Pines on Saturday, while Leishman (69) did his best to keep up and finished three shots back in outright second.

Contending youngsters Dimi Papadatos and Jake McLeod (both five under) faltered on a testing third day as they jostled for order of merit honours, leaving Matt Millar (seven under) tied with former champion Harold Varner III in third.

Stuck in the Rough: November

Stuck in the Rough: November

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Smith birdied the second hole and, despite settling for par when an eagle beckoned on the short par-4 eighth, birdied the next to remain an arm’s distance from his Australian World Cup teammate and playing partner Leishman.



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