Popovic retains share of lead

2012-12-14 12:15
Daniel Popovic (Getty)

Coolum - Daniel Popovic's aversion to the 15th hole at the Palmer Coolum Resort continued on Friday but the tour rookie played well enough around the rest of the course to retain a share of the Australian PGA Championship lead after the second round.

The overnight leader, who won the 2012 Australasian PGA qualifying school, followed up his opening round 64 with a two-under 70 to join China's Zhang Xin Jun at the top of the leaderboard on 10-under 134.

The 26-year-old Australian dropped two shots at the par-five 15th, the same hole where he had his sole bogey a day earlier.

VIDEO: Australian PGA, Day 2

"That 15th hole, I can't get my head around it actually," Popovic told reporters. "It is really tough judging the wind there, behind the green there is a bunch of trees that are pretty tall.

"I picked the club (nine-iron) straight out of the bag and my caddy and I both agreed on it. I did pull it a bit I admit, but I actually called it to go and it landed over the green and we just sort of looked at each other completely bamboozled.

"Then over the back of the green, I didn't have the best lie... the grass was growing into the ball and then (I) just completely stuffed it up."

Zhang, meanwhile, made the most of his hot putter, sinking seven birdies in his first 15 holes to take sole possession of the lead but two bogeys in the last three holes forced him to settle for a five-under 67 in the $1.3 million tournament.

"I've been surprised by my putting, I needed just 22 putts which is my best-ever putting round, I really like the greens here," Zhang said through an interpreter.

"With my approach shots I'm just trying to visualise them, to think about the shot and hit it, so far it's working."

Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy (69) and Matthew Griffin (67) were tied for third, two strokes behind the leaders, while fellow Australians Matt Goggin (66), Steven Bowditch (67) and Brad Kennedy shared fifth spot, a further shot back.

Ogilvy, who started on the 10th hole, hit six birdies but three bogeys cost him the lead at the halfway stage.

"I played quite nicely this morning, I felt like I was a bit loose on the front nine and let a few opportunities go away but I played well on my last nine holes," Ogilvy said. "I'm still in the tournament and that's all you can really ask."

Scores after the second round of the OneAsia co-sanctioned US$1.25 million Australian PGA at the par-72 Palmer Coolum Resort course on Friday (Australia unless stated):

134 - Daniel Popovic 64-70, Zhang Xin Jun (CHN) 67-67

136 - Geoff Ogilvy 67-69, Matthew Griffin 69-67

137 - Mathew Goggin 71-66, Steven Bowditch 70-67, Brad Kennedy 69-68

138 - Rod Pampling 71-67, Peter Senior 68-70

139 - Stephen Leaney 69-70, Steve Conran 69-70, Matthew Millar 73-66, Richard Green 71-68, Darren Clarke (NIR) 70-69, Leigh McKechnie 70-69, Jason Kang (USA) 70-69, Kurt Barnes 74-65, Scott Strange 66-73, Marc Leishman 69-70, Jamie Arnold 71-68

140 - Cameron Percy 70-70, Brendan Jones 73-67, Robert Allenby 73-67, Peter Fowler 70-70, Bronson La'Cassie 69-71, Stephen Dartnall 68-72, Heath Reed 72-68

141 - Adam Crawford 70-71, Anthony Brown 73-68, Josh Geary (NZL) 69-72, Greg Chalmers 72-69, Ryan Haller 68-73, Peter O'Malley 73-68

Selected scores

142 - Choo Tze-Huang (SIN) 67-75

143 - Choi Joon-Woo (KOR) 74-69

144 - Park Hyo-Won (KOR) 71-73, Park Ju-Hyuk (KOR) 77-67, Yi Cao (CHN) 73-71, Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 76-68, Kim Do-Hoon (KOR) 73-71

145 - Pravee Visalkt (THA) 74-71, Li Xinyang (CHN) 72-73

Missed cut

146 - Rory Hie (INA) 71-75, Garrett Sapp (USA) 73-73

147 - Huang Wen-Yi (CHN) 74-73

149 - He Ze-Yu (CHN) 78-71

150 - Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 78-72, Simon Yates (SCO) 78-72, Chen Jian (CHN)

151 - Supravee Phatam (THA) 82-69

152 - Thomas Petersson (SWE) 78-74, Park Min-Jun (KOR) 78-74 Park Sang Hyun (KOR) 79-73

154 - Masaya Tomida (JPN) 74-80

155 - Choi Seong-Jin (KOR) 79-76, Park Sung-Hyuk (KOR) 78-77

157 - Jin Daxing (CHN) 75-82, Da Quan (CHN) 80-77

158 - Tanutchan Puaktes (THA) 79-79, Son Joon-Eob (KOR) 79-79

159 - Will Yanigasawa (USA) 81-78

160 - Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 77-83

Read more on:    golf

Hoffman leads at Texas Open

2015-03-27 06:53


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.