Chalk and cheese on day two of Australian Open
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian Open | Round Two | 17 Nov 2006
As midday approached on day two of the MFS Australian Open, the contrast in conditions from those endured on the opening day of the event at Royal Sydney was marked. Sure the breezes were still there but the temperatures were up by seven or eight degrees and the rain that had ruined so many rounds yesterday was gone, at least in the short term.
With the better weather came better crowds and better scoring. By 7.30 the golf tournament starved Sydney public were pouring though the gates and with the prospect of Greg Norman playing perhaps his last ever round in an Australian Open later in the day it was a sure bet that they would be here for the duration.
Early scoring suggested that this was going to be a much better day all round. Adam Scott had certainly done himself no harm yesterday despite an opening round of 74 and his persistence in keeping his score going paid off today when he turned in 34 to move to 1 under. He picked up another at his 10th hole, the first of the course but bogeyed the 2nd and the 5th to fall back to 1 over. He added another late in his round to get back to even par and he is now very much in contention.
The overnight leaders would not tee off until after midday but one player who was on the move was Stuart Appleby. Despite a double bogey at his 6th hole he had reached 4 under for the day and one under for the tournament by his 16th hole and like his playing partner Adam Scott was very much back in the thick of things.
Peter Lonard picked up a birdie at the 16th after his second had trickled through the back at the par five but then bogeyed the next the demanding par three 7th. He picked up another at the first hole his 10th and at 2 under he is threatening danger as he looks to win this event for the third time in the last four years.
Steven Bowditch has been under the spotlight this year for a number of reasons and he has had a shocking rookie season on the USPGA Tour but he seems to have found comfort back in Australia and at 1 under he has reversed what had appeared to be a very slippery slide. Through 13 holes Bowditch was 1 under for the tournament and in 5th place.
Friday afternoon promises much and it could well be that a record crowd for a Friday at the Australian Open, if indeed they keep those type of records, is set.