Fatherly chat helps Lyle get on top
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian PGA Championship | Round Two | 05 Dec 2008
At the midway point of day two at the Australian PGA Championship, Victorian Jarrod Lyle and Tasmanian Mathew Goggin have a share of the lead at 9 under.
Goggin and Lyle lead by one over Paul Sheehan with a further shot back to Michael Curtain, David Lutterus, Wayne Perske, Peter Senior and last week’s Australian Masters winner Rod Pampling.
Lyle’s round of 63 came after returning to the course at 5.30am to complete his opening round. Lyle recovered from a horror start to his first round which saw him three over par through 9 holes before playing his next 27 holes in 12 under.
A conversation between Lyle and his father last night left him thinking about things today.
“I’m not sure if it was a chat or an argument but essentially he said I wasn’t being aggressive enough and the way this golf course is this week you can afford to be aggressive.”
A 9 under par round suggests Lyle may well have heeded Dad’s advice.
Lyle will return to the USPGA Tour in 2009 after a great season on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 which saw him win on two occasions.
“I really wanted a third win so I could get the Battlefield Promotion,” he responded when it was suggested he might have taken the foot off the pedal over the closing few months.”
“I am really looking forward to next year. I have a new practice schedule and with the benefit of the experience I have had over the past couple of years in the US an excited about next year.”
Just under an hour after Lyle had completed his round Mathew Goggin was next to front the media after his round of 68 saw him move to 9 under and share the lead with Lyle. Goggin was required to complete eight holes this morning.
“I had a ten foot putt at the 10th to start the day and made it.”
Goggin was slow to get going in round two but when he did make his move it was significant. He birdied his 11th hole, his 13th and 14th then eagled his 17th to take a share of the lead with Lyle. I am surprised more haven’t gone low today as it was perfect out there early.”
Goggin has just had a three week break in Tasmania after several good tournaments in the US despite a pulled oblique muscle he incurred while getting his baby from the car.
“I came back a week later in Milwaukee but I could not play so ended up having eight weeks or so away from the game.”
He was however able to record several good finishes late in the season and with a runner up finish to Robert Allenby in this event three years ago and a course record equalling round of 63 to his name he has the credentials to go on with it this season.
“I would love to win again in Australia,” he said referring to the fact that he had not won since his maiden victory at the Tour Championship in Canberra in 1998.
“There are only two events a year here in which I can typically play and the fields are strong so it is not easy.”
“I didn’t play last week as I wanted to make sure I had a good break. I think one of the reasons we are seeing come good performances from the guys these two weeks is that there has been a break in the schedule and that people are coming into these events fresh.”