Darkness delays PGA on day two

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian PGA Championship | Round Two | 05 Dec 2008

The status quo remained all afternoon at the Australian PGA Championship, the leaders at the end of the morning’s play still atop the leaderboard as darkness closed in on the final few players on the course.

Mathew Goggin and Jarrod Lyle lead the way at 9 under one shot ahead of Paul Sheehan while six players are at 7 under in a share of fourth. Peter Wilson, Michael Curtain, David Lutterus, Wayne Perske, Peter Senior and Rod Pampling are all within two of the lead so once again Hyatt Regency Coolum is living up to its reputation of being a golf course regularly producing congested leaderboards.

There were very few scores under 70 in the afternoon field on day two, highlighting that those playing late on day one and early on day two had a distinct advantage. That of course is tournament golf but the scoreboard confirms that story.

It was an anxious time as players tried to avoid the need to return on Saturday morning to complete round two but in the end there were six groups still stranded when play was agonisingly called at 6.27pm. Play will recommence in the morning at 7.15am with 18 players still to complete their rounds.

The cut appears as if it will fall at even par although those still on the golf course could still potentially move that to 1 under.

The most notable casualties were the defending champion, Peter Lonard, whose putting woes continued and John Daly, who was unable to birdie the last and keep the hopes of weekend golf fans and the tournament organiser alive. For Lonard it was one of the few times he has missed the cut in Australia in recent years, the only other time in recent memory being when he failed to make the weekend at the 2006 Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.

Of those who finished in the last few groups, New Zealander Richard Lee will be buoyed by his two consecutive birdies in fading light at the final two holes to finish with a round of 71 and at 6 under he is well positioned.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -14 Geoff Ogilvy Australia 67 71 67 69 274
2 -12 Mathew Goggin Australia 67 68 69 72 276
T3 -11 Peter Senior Australia 70 67 71 69 277
T3 -11 Rodney Pampling Australia 70 67 68 72 277
T3 -11 Scott Strange Australia 70 69 69 69 277
T6 -10 Brett Rumford Australia 69 72 69 68 278
T6 -10 Chris Gaunt Australia 71 68 68 71 278
T6 -10 John Senden Australia 69 70 71 68 278
T6 -10 Wade Ormsby Australia 70 70 69 69 278
T6 -10 Wayne Perske Australia 71 66 73 68 278
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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