Thursday, 30 November 2017
Marc Leishman  (Getty Images)
Marc Leishman (Getty Images)

Marc Leishman turned in 32 to open up a one-shot lead in the second round of the Australian PGA Championship.

The World Number 13 is the leading home player teeing it up at RACV Royal Pines Resort this week and he delighted the galleries with an entertaining first nine on Friday.

The 2016 Nedbank Golf Challenge champion started the day a shot off the lead but made an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys to get to nine under and lead the way from countryman Adam Bland.

Australians dominated the top of the leaderboard with Cameron Smith at seven under and Daniel Nisbet, Peter Senior and Jordan Zunic just a shot behind.

Leishman picked up four shots in his last four holes on Thursday and he carried that momentum into round two with birdies on the tenth and 11th.

A bogey followed on the 12th after finding the water but he birdied the 14th after a stunning tee-shot and eagled the next for the second day in a row from eight feet.

A beautiful approach set up another birdie on the 17th but a bogey on the 18th after finding the trees off the tee saw him turn in 32.

Bland had shared the lead overnight at six under and he picked up shots on the tenth and 12th in his first six holes.

Smith also started on the back nine and made birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th in his first eight holes.

Senior rolled back the years on Thursday with a bogey-free 67 and while the 58 year old dropped two shots in his first seven holes in round two, he also made birdies on the 11th, 13th and 16th.

Co-overnight leader Zunic was level par for his first seven holes, with Nisbet one under after two.

Dane Joachim B Hansen picked up two shots in his first eight holes to sit at five under alongside Kiwi Mark Brown, Australians Lucas Herbert, James Nitties and Brett Rankin, and Spaniard Sergio Garcia - who was yet to tee-off.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SMITH, CameronAUS18-18
2ZUNIC, JordanAUS18-18
3BLAND, AdamAUS18-17
T4BRANSDON, DavidAUS18-14
T4LEISHMAN, MarcAUS18-14
6VARNER III, HaroldUSA18-12

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