Jordan Zunic fired a joint-course record round of 64 to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Australian PGA Championship in Queensland.
However, he bogeyed the 17th before a double bogey on the hard 18th saw him finish the day 17 under the card, three shots ahead of fellow Australian Cameron Smith.
Cameron Smith clinched the Australian PGA Championship title after beating Jordan Zunic on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on Sunday. It was a poor day for overnight leader Marc Leishman, who went round in a two-over-par 74.
Fox, with super-caddy Steve Williams on his bag, carded an uncharacteristic 75 in the opening round but was eight shots better yesterday, carding six birdies and a lone bogey to shoot 67 and reach two-under par, 10 shots off the leaders.
South Australian Bland had just one bogey in his seven birdies on Friday.
He then had four consecutive birdies from the 13th to the 16th before his blemishes on the final two holes.
It was just the 24-year-old's 11th European Tour event and the world number 86, who hands Australia a clean sweep in the early stages of the 2018 Race to Dubai following Wade Ormsby's win at the UBS Hong Kong Open last week, says it felt fantastic to lift the trophy with his family watching on.
"I can't remember it nearly because I was just going with the flow". Smith and Zunic finished locked on 18-under 270.
Play was brought forward by nearly three hours, with a 6am tee-off time, in a bid to avoid possibly severe thunderstorms forecast to hit the Gold Coast in the afternoon.
Smith won his maiden tournament as a professional at the US PGA's Zurich Classic of New Orleans in May. I knew I was playing well, I knew I was putting well.