Australian PGA Championship: Adam Scott opens up two-shot lead at Royal Pines
Last Updated: 08/11/13 12:27pm
Adam Scott: Holds a two-shot lead at Royal Pines
Masters champion Adam Scott produced a controlled display as he moved clear at the halfway stage of the Australian PGA Championship.
The tournament's main attraction shot a four-under-par 67 to move two shots clear of the field at Royal Pines.
Scott, who had started the second round in a share of second, took advantage of the easier morning conditions to birdie the fourth and 11th, while he picked up an eagle at the 12th to move to 10-under overall.
Second round leaderboard
Aus unless stated
-10 A Scott
-8 D McKenzie
-7 R Fowler (US)
-7 N Green
-7 G Paddison (NZ)
"I put a real focus on getting ready the best I could for this event and wanting to play well," Scott said. "I am in pretty good shape at the moment."
The second round was dubbed 'Green Day' by the Australian PGA, to honour Scott's victory at the Masters at Augusta earlier this year - with spectators and some players wearing something green.
"The PGA wanted to make today a green day and everyone embraced it, even the players," Scott said.
"Which is really special for me that my peers would do that. It was nice to see that they enjoy seeing an Aussie win the Masters, too."
Compatriot David McKenzie remains hot on his heels, though, in second place after his two-under 69, while Rickie Fowler remains in the hunt on the Gold Coast despite a frustrating day.
The American, who had led overnight, looked set to extend his advantage after he eagled the first hole following an excellent approach.
However Fowler struggled with the swirling winds in the afternoon as he dropped shots at the fourth, eighth and 12th. He did birdie the 15th but another bogey at the 16th meant he finished one-over for the day and on seven-under overall.
"It was a tough test out there," Fowler said. "The wind...and the greens got a little bumpy at the end."
Fowler was left in a three-way tie for third alongside Gareth Paddison and Nathan Green, while Steven Jeffress and Josh Geary were a shot further back.