Lonard tops day two of PGA with 65
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2006 Australian PGA Championship | Round Two | 08 Dec 2006
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Most of the action on day two of the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship came early in the day, Peter Lonard took the lead after his second round 65 in the morning to be at 11 under. Lonard birdied his last four holes to move past several others vying for second round honours and it was only a late surge by local golfer Rod Pampling that posed any serious threat to the Lonard’s control of the event at this stage.
Pampling had a chance at the last but when play was completed it was the two time winner Lonard who had retained the lead since his birdie at the last hole just before midday.
Just behind him are the South Australian Wade Ormsby, Paul Gow, Nathan Green and Rod Pampling.
Ormsby has corrected alignment problems in recent weeks and as a result seems to be back to the golf he has shown previously he is capable of. He re-gained his European Tour card recently and has shown glimpses of form improvement in recent weeks including, as he describes, a near miss at the New Zealand Open but for a bad Saturday.
Paul Gow is excited about the prospects a new attitude he is carrying into tournaments now will offer. He was very candid at his post round media conference about the work he has been doing on his mind to sort out the temper demons and his recent success suggests it is beginning to kick in.
Nathan Green has somehow managed to roll last week’s form into this week and although it might be adrenalin he is surviving on after the demands of last week, he still has a very good chance of adding consecutive victories after his long drought of tournament success. He was perhaps fortunate that last Sunday did not overtax him as he was not expected to win and had less pressure than others throughout his final round.
Pampling returns from his best season in tournament golf and clearly loves this course. He was runner up to Peter Senior in 2003 and is well poised as the events heads into Saturday.
While these are the leading contenders at this stage, there are many others within striking distance including Nick O’Hern who is somewhat of a course specialist and Peter O’Malley who is in great ball striking form. If just a few putts drop over the weekend for O’Malley then he too is in with a chance of winning at a venue where he has often contended but not won.
Given the quality of players ahead of them the likes of Stuart Appleby and Adam Scott have much work to do if they are to catch the leaders. On a golf course where a very low score is possible, however, then with 36 holes still to play anything is possible.
Of those missing the cut, perhaps Greg Chalmers was the biggest surprise after two top tens in the last two weeks but for those that remain there is much at stake including the Order Of Merit title which Nathan and Richard Green and Nick O’Hern could still conceivably steal off Kevin Stadler.
Photo – Anthony Powter