Defending champ Allan grabs lead at Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | Round Two | 19 Dec 2003
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Midway through the afternoon field on day two of the Australian Open Championship and Stephen Allan has grabbed the lead when a birdie at the last completed a back nine of 31, a 36-hole total of six under and the current lead in the event.

Nathan Green was around in 70 to be one behind Allan and he and local Andrew Tschudin hold second place at five under just one ahead of Peter Lonard, Ricky Barnes and Jarrod Moseley, the only one of that group to have finished his round.

Allan, who has had a brilliant year in the US regaining his card from non-exempt status, has played well the last two weeks finishing 7th at the Mastercard Masters and 11th at the PGA after a rest of some six weeks. He has shown in the past, a capacity to handle tough golf courses and tough conditions well. In 1999 he had one of the best last rounds at the British Open at Carnoustie and was second behind Andrew Coltart at the 1997 Australian PGA Championship at The New South Wales Golf Club.

If things do get tough over the weekend then there is every reason to believe that he will not struggle with the conditions. He has won previously in Germany in addition to his win at the 2002 Australian Open.

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