Fox back in the hunt af­ter form re­ver­sal

Weekend Herald - - Motoring -

Kiwi golfer Ryan Fox turned around a poor first round at the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship on the Gold Coast to make the cut, but he is long way off lead­ers Marc Leish­man and Adam Bland.

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.

He shares 45th place with fel­low Ki­wis Michael Hendry ( 72) and Mark Brown ( 73) at two- un­der par. The best Kiwi was Josh Geary, at four- un­der par af­ter rounds of 69- 71.

Leish­man, Aus­tralia’s new­ly­crowned golfer of the year, pro­duced seven birdies and an ea­gle in a seven- un­der par 65 as he looked to at­tack the Royal Pines course at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity yes­ter­day morn­ing.

But overnight co- leader Bland of South Aus­tralia kept pace with a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 66 to leave the pair locked in front at 12- un­der, three shots clear when he fin­ished.

They were pur­sued by a raft of tal­ented play­ers, in­clud­ing Ser­gio Gar­cia, who was six shots back af­ter a one- un­der par 71.

But su­per­star Adam Scott has missed the cut at the tour­na­ment for the first time since 2010 af­ter a string of missed putts to fin­ish his sec­ond round.

A win­ner in 2013 and run­ner- up in a play- off the fol­low­ing year at Royal Pines, Scott im­ploded on the last seven holes to shoot 74 and fin­ish one over.

It was short of the one un­der needed to avoid the cut.

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