North Harbour professional Michael Hendry has fallen well off the pace at the Australian Masters.
The New Zealand PGA Champion, who had fired rounds of 67 and 69 to be in second place, carded a seven over par 79 at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in round three to drop 11 places into tied 13th.
The 33-year-old, who is currently leading the PGA Tour of Australasia, is now 12 shots back from England's Ian Poulter who fired a 64 in round three to claim a one shot lead from Adam Scott.
The news was much better for Mark Brown. The Wellington professional carded a five under par 67 - that included six birdies in a seven hole stretch - to jump into fourth place.
Brown, who will play the BMW NZ Open next week for the first time in four years, is second on the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit to Hendry.
The former European Tour winner is seven shots back from Poulter heading into the final round.
Another Wellingtonian, Gareth Paddison, is a further shot back after carding a three under par 69 in round three.
Nick Gillespie also had a three under par 69 in round to climb into a share of 20th place.
New Zealand No 2 David Smail has carded a two under par 69 in round three of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament on the Japan Golf Tour.
The former NZ Open champion, who opened with rounds of 74 and 68 to be level par, climbed from tied 33rd to a share of 19th place on a two under total.
Smail, who has played for 15 straight years on the Japan Golf Tour, is currently 52nd on the money list and needs to finish inside the top 70 to secure another year on tour.