Beem and Allan top leaderboard at end of day two
BY iseekgolf.com | Australasian PGA Tour | 2002 Australian Open | Round Two | 23 Nov 2002
2002 USPGA champion Rich Beem and Victoria’s Steve Allan take a one stroke lead into the third and final round of the Holden Australian Open following course-record rounds of -6 (64) earlier today.
Allen enjoyed a perfect day of golf with four birdies and an eagle at the 18th green to close his round at -10, a result he is no doubt pleased with after struggling on the US Tour this year. Rich Beem fired off seven birdies in his round today with three birdies coming over the last four holes. His lone blemish came with a bogey at the par-4 3rd hole.
American youngster Charles Howell III and West Australian Craig Parry share 3rd place after rounds of 66 and 65 respectively. Howell’s round was somewhat erratic with six birdies and two bogeys and many missed chances along the way. Parry enjoyed a bogey-free round on his way to a 65 and will be looking for his first Australian Open title tomorrow.
Queenslander Adam Scott, dual-Open champion Aaron Baddeley and Gavin Coles fired course-record equalling 64’s with Coles finishing in outright 5th, Scott alone at equal 6th and Baddeley in outright seventh.
Jason King carded an early round of -5 (65) to move in equal 8th along with Adam Crawford, a resurgent Wayne Grady and defending champion Stuart Appleby.
Tomorrow’s final round is shaping up to be a showdown with fifteen players inside six strokes of the lead and several more big name players not too far behind.