36 holes completed at South Pacific Open
BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 South Pacific Golf Open Championship | Round Two | 19 Sep 2013
New South Welshman Theo Coroneo has taken the outright lead through 36 holes at the South Pacific Open Championship at the Tina Golf Club in Noumea.
Off the back of a course record first round, Coroneo was feeling the pressure as he posted a 3-under 68 to lead the Championship by two shots.
“Compared to yesterday it was definitely harder for me,” said Coroneo. “There was a lot of extra pressure to do well and back up yesterday’s 9-under.”
Coroneo’s approach to the short Noumea layout was aggressive but has paid off for the 20-year-old Tour Rookie.
“I have hit driver everywhere and it has worked. I have had 17 birdies for two rounds.”
Michael Wright, who co-led with Coroneo after the first round, recorded a 1-under round of 70 today to be two shots off the lead.
With a 6-under 65 Victorian Matthew Griffin joins Wright in second place on the leaderboard with a 10-under the card total.
“The conditions were perfect for golf but with the hot weather the course is starting to dry out. If you don’t have your shots on the right lines they can run into trouble,” said Griffin who won the South Pacific Open Championship in 2011 and was runner-up last year.
A further shot back at 9-under the card is New South Welshman Andre Stolz. While South Australian Paul Spargo and Queenslander Brett Rankin round out the top-five on 8-under the card.
The second round cut was made at 4-over the card with 55 Professionals and four amateurs making it to the final two rounds.
In addition to the winner’s share of the AU$130,000 prize purse the champion will also earn a place in the PGA Tour of Australasia’s biggest tournaments including; the Perth International, the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, Talisker Masters and the Emirates Australian Open as well as Official World Golf Ranking points.
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