Allan and Beem take early lead at Open

BY | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian Open | Round Two | 23 Nov 2002
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America’s Rich Beem and Victorian Steve Allan each fired superb rounds of -6 (64) this morning to take an early four-stroke lead in the second round of the Holden Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club.

Allan began the second round with birdies at the 4th, 8th, 9th and 10th holes before settling in for a run of pars on his way around the back nine. Allan finished his round off with a magnificent 10 metre putt for eagle at the par 5 18th hole to break the course record and move to -10.

Allan’s course record was only to be his for a short time before 2002 US PGA champion, Rich Beem, matched it after birdying three of the last four holes to take a share of the early clubhouse lead alongside Allen. Beem also missed a short putt for eagle on the 18th hole, which would have seen him finish with an early one-stroke lead.

Adam Scott came out firing with three back-to-back birdies moving him into outright third and four shots off the pace. Scott birdied the 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th holes to move -6 with several holes to play today.

Victorian Robert Allenby was among the players to make a move up the leaderboard following a superb -5 (65) to move to -4 alongside a group of four other players.

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