Four tied for first af­ter PGA round two

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Four play­ers are locked in a tie at 10-un­der for first place at the WA PGA Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing an amaz­ing sec­ond round at the Kal­go­or­lie Golf Course yes­ter­day.

Five-time Euro­pean Tour Win­ner and star at­trac­tion Brett Rum­ford came back from a long ab­sence to net con­sec­u­tive rounds of 67, putting him in the first place four­some.

“It was very tir­ing, but it was good,” he said.

“I played a bit bet­ter than yes­ter­day, and took some op­por­tu­ni­ties early.

“The back nine was dif­fi­cult, but I stayed pa­tient and hit two birdies on the last three holes.”

Equal with him are Queens­lan­der Daniel Nis­bet, who hit a solid three-un­der to go with his su­perla­tive first round of 65, South Aus­tralian Ja­son Nor­ris, and West Aus­tralian teenage am­a­teur Min Woo Lee.

Lee scored two-un­der yes­ter­day to back up his record-mak­ing first round of 64.

He re­cov­ered from an early dou­ble bo­gey to fin­ish the day with his lead in­tact.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing to have a dou­ble on the sec­ond, but it was good to get it back on the last few holes,” he said.

“(But) to­day I left a lot of putts short. It was tough to get to pins.”

Nor­ris said he was glad to score three-un­der on a course which was con­sid­er­ably more dif­fi­cult than the day be­fore, when he hit 65.

“The pins were much tougher (than Thurs­day),” he said.

“They put them above slopes and right in the cor­ners of greens.

“I don’t think there will be many low scores to­day. I ac­tu­ally played twice as well as (Thurs­day), and only ended up with three-un­der.”

Closely trail­ing the lead­ers af­ter the sec­ond round were An­drew Evans and RJ Cara­cella at eigh­tun­der, with Aaron Pike and Pe­ter Cooke at seven-un­der.

Brett Rankin and An­to­nio Mur­daca rounded out the top 10 at six­un­der. One of the most im­pres­sive per­for­mances of the day came from New South Welsh­man Jonathan Painter.

He put a night­mare six-over first round be­hind him with an un­likely 66 to res­cue par and make the cut.

Last year’s run­ner-up Chris Gaunt, who was one-over af­ter the first round, also hit 66 to bring him­self into con­tention at five-un­der.

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Pic­ture: Louise White

West Aus­tralian am­a­teur Min Woo Lee, 17, was tied in first place with three other play­ers at the end of round 2 yes­ter­day.

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