Friday, November 08, 2013


The limelight was firmly on Adam Scott during the second round of the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola as he claimed the halfway lead.
On a day promoted to fans as Wear Green For Adam Scott Day, the Masters Champion put on a solid show for his fans clad in the colour synonymous with Augusta National.
“It was nice to see everyone out there and so many people in green today. It’s nice that the PGA wanted to make today a green day and that everyone embraced it,” said Scott who fired a 4-under 67 to be 10-under after two rounds.
Scott was particularly moved by the support his fellow competitors showed at RACV Royal Pines Resort today.
“Even the players embraced it, which is really special for me, to think that my peers would do that,” added Scott.
“It’s nice to see that they enjoyed seeing an Aussie win the Masters too.”
Taking advantage of the early morning conditions Scott was able to post a low round that not many were able to match.
“I got off to a great start but couldn't keep it going. I found it a little tricky to get the eye in today,” added Scott who posted a birdie and eagle in his first three holes.
“The course was there for the taking at that point.”
“But we're playing some pretty tough holes in between the ones I feel I can take advantage of.”
“I kind of tempered myself a little bit.”
Sitting two shots off the lead is Victorian David McKenzie while American Rickie Fowler dropped to 7-under the card after a tough day on course.
The highlight of Fowler’s round came early as he got an eagle 2 at the par-4 430m 1st hole using a 59 degree wedge for his approach shot.
“I was looking to just get the ball in play off the first hole. I always have first tee jitters,” said Fowler.
“I hit a perfect shot in, got a little lucky and it happened to go in; so a great way to start the round.”
Showing optimism, Fowler said he is looking forward to the weekend.
“I’m definitely happy with the way I hung in there. Obviously I didn't get a whole lot out of the round but I didn't take myself out of it,” added Fowler.
“Usually there's one tough round in a tournament when you have a chance to be in contention.”
“Hopefully that was the one that I got out of the way and I have two good ones the next two days.”
Joining Fowler in a tie for third is New Zealander Gareth Paddison who fired a 4-under 67 and New South Welshman Nathan Green.
The second round cut was made at 2-over the card with 65 Professionals making it through to the weekend rounds.
The third round of the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will tee off at 6.30am with the leaders out at 11.50am.

Par 142 (2x71)
Players from Australia unless stated
132 Adam Scott 65 67
134 David McKenzie 65 69
135 Rickie Fowler (USA) 63 72, Gareth Paddison (NZ)68 67, Nathan Green 66 69





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