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