Left-hander Bland is a quiet family man from the Adelaide Hills suburb of Craigburn Farm who has made his name on the Japanese tour. Right-hander Varner is a gregarious personality and basketball-loving son of a used-car salesman in the US that has enjoyed most of his success in Australia. But they share a common goal this weekend — hanging tough in the face of the Marc Leishman juggernaut. Bland will play alongside Leishman in Saturday’s third round when they both start on 12-under. Bland takes in the confidence from a pair of six-under 66 rounds and the knowledge he has delivered under the bright lights before. Adam Bland has a share of the lead with Marc Leishman.Source:AAP Bland finished second at the 2010 Australian Masters when both Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia were in the field at the Victoria Golf Club. “I’m definitely very proud of that (2010 Masters result), especially to hang tough in top company,” Bland said. “I feel like my game, like when I’ve been playing well, it’s been good … this week I’ve hit a lot of shots close, which I haven’t in previous weeks. “So I’ve had a lot of real free birdies which has been nice and birdied a few par fives today so it was great.’’ Varner played with Leishman on the opening two days and saw first-hand how the Greg Norman Medallist ominously tore up the Royal Pines layout on Friday with a seven-under 65. The American catapulted himself back into contention with a sizzling six-under 66 to be seven-under heading into the weekend at Royal Pines where he has flourished the past two years to be a gallery favourite. “Marc played really, really well, so I better play well or I’m going to get left behind. It’s just nice to finish the round that way and just give me a chance this weekend. “I’m going to need some help, though, because if he keeps playing like that, we’re in trouble. I think everyone in this field is in trouble. “I need another good one. Obviously I need 36 good ones, but tomorrow I just need a really good one just to put myself in position. “Just need to play really well. I mean I played really well today and I got beat.’’