Marcus Fraser holds a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Australian Open

Last Updated: 07/12/12 12:25pm

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Marcus Fraser: Leads the way in Sydney after two rounds

Marcus Fraser: Leads the way in Sydney after two rounds

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Marcus Fraser leads the way after round two of the Australian Open, one shot clear of Brendan Jones and John Senden.

The 34-year-old Australian was three-under for the day again with five birdies and three bogies - matching his opening round score of 69.

Overnight leader Senden mustered a 73 meaning a two-way tie for second with Jones, who was par for course with a 71.

Second round Leaderboard

(Aus unless stated)
-6 Marcus Fraser
-5 Brendan Jones
-5 John Senden
-4 Nick Cullen
-3 Justin Rose (Eng)
-3 Gareth Paddison (Nzl)

It was a rollercoaster round for Senden who posted five bogeys and four birdies in the worst of the testing afternoon conditions en route to a disappointing one-over.

South Australia's Nick Cullen is in outright fourth at four-under after carding a solid 70 in the afternoon.

He sits one clear of a group of six golfers that includes Steven Jones (68) and Englishman Justin Rose, who matched Senden.

Rose began the day two shots behind the overnight leader and started well with four birdies on the front nine to momentarily hold the outright lead at seven-under.

But the world No 4 endured a poor back nine, carding four bogeys in six holes to finish the day at three-under for the championship.

Tom Watson shot a 68 Friday after his first-round 78 and made the cut with one stroke to spare and he was joined by playing partner and defending champion Greg Chalmers, who shot 75.

Fellow two-time champion Robert Allenby (six-over) did not qualify after a 77, nor did new US PGA Tour card winner Steven Bowditch on nine over after a 76.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur who will play in next year's US Masters, improved on his opening 82 to shoot 70 Friday, but also missed the cut.

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