Casey one again of Aussie Jones by means of two rounds at Australian Open
SYDNEY – Australian Matt Jones birdied his remaining gap Friday for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after two rounds on a day of low scoring on the Australian Open.
Jones had a 36-hole complete of 10-under 132 at The Australian Golf Membership. Paul Casey shot 65 and Dimitrios Papadatos 66 and have been tied for second.
”Anytime you get to guide is unbelievable,” Jones stated. ”It might have been higher to be extra in entrance, however I am going to take one in entrance. Nonetheless a protracted approach to go. I am positive the wind goes to choose up the following two days, which is able to make it a bit harder.”
Highlights: Jones leads Australian Open; Casey one again
American Cameron Tringale, who shot 65, and Louis Oosthuizen had a 66 to be amongst these two pictures behind.
Casey, at No. 14 and the top-ranked participant within the area, had seven birdies together with 4 in a row to finish his spherical.
Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open
”I’ve not been capable of get it near any flag for a few day and a half after which abruptly the again 9 for me, the final half a dozen holes, I had some actually good birdie alternatives,” Casey stated. ”I do not know if it was absolutely within the zone, but it surely was very nice stuff and it felt actually good.”
Adam Scott adopted up his opening 75 with a 67 Friday, however nonetheless missed the minimize.
Scott and Oosthuizen are each on the Worldwide staff for subsequent week’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. Their captain, Ernie Els, could have some further time to plot his technique in opposition to the American staff – Els shot 77 on Friday and missed the minimize as nicely .
”I simply did not fairly swing sufficient or ok and so be it. However, it was all the time going to be robust for me to play nicely with subsequent week arising,” Els stated. ”Truly even final evening, I acquired some pairings going for the blokes and so issues are actually getting arrange now. I am actually centered on subsequent week now, completely.”
Friday’s low scoring got here after the bushfire-driven haze that blanketed the course on Thursday afternoon cleared considerably for the second spherical.
The Australian Open is the primary qualifier for subsequent yr’s Open Championship to be held from July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s. The main three gamers who end within the prime 10 and ties on the Australian Open who usually are not already exempt will qualify.