Dartnall races ahead at Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2008 Australian Open | Round Two | 12 Dec 2008

It was wet and cool as the players teed off in the second round of the Australian Open this morning but as the leaderboard would indicate there is little impact on the quality of the scoring at Royal Sydney.

Joint overnight leader Stephen Dartnall was out in the very first group from the first hole on day two and while he was quickly into stride with a birdie at the first, it would be the closing holes of his front nine holes that was most impressive.

Birdies at the 7th, 8th and 9th holes moved Dartnall to 11 under and at that point he opened up a massive four shot lead over Mathew Goggin and Ewan Porter who retained their overnight position at 7 under through the first few holes of their second rounds.

Victorian Anthony Brown was another to make a significant move with four birdies in his first six holes to move to 6 under and into a share of 4th position.

The rain that began in the early hours of this morning is expected to continue all day, however the forecast for the weekend is looking favourable at this stage with Sydney expected to reach a top of 34 degrees tomorrow.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T17 -9 Tim Clark South Africa 70 73 69 67 279
2   ↑T9 -9 Mathew Goggin Australia 65 70 75 69 279
T3   ↓1 -8 David Smail New Zealand 67 68 70 75 280
T3   ↑T5 -8 Robert Allenby Australia 71 67 71 71 280
T3 -8 Stephen Dartnall Australia 65 68 75 72 280
T6   ↓2 -7 Andre Stolz Australia 69 71 66 75 281
T6   ↓T5 -7 Chris Gaunt Australia 70 65 74 72 281
T6   ↑T24 -7 Geoff Ogilvy Australia 72 71 70 68 281
T6   ↑T13 -7 Steven Conran Australia 70 66 75 70 281
10   ↑T33 -6 Richard Green Australia 71 72 71 68 282
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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