New Zealand’s Daniel Pearce has carried his form in to round two of the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship and holds a two shot lead over the field.
Pearce backed up his 7-under 63 yesterday with 6-under 64 in round two to be 13-under the card and in a commanding position ahead of the weekend’s play.
“I got off to a slow start, I birdied my first hole but then I made double bogey on 12 so it wasn’t really how I wanted to start the day,” said Pearce, who teed off on the 10th.
“But I played really well coming home again, I birdied four of my last five, I left a few out there but I played solid again.”
Pearce yesterday was left frustrated by bogeying the 17th and interrupting a run of three birdies in a row coming back to the clubhouse.
He was more than able to handle the same hole today, making an eagle on 17 early.
“I hit a really nice shot in to 17 to finish eight or 10 feet out and managed to roll the putt in so it was good to get that after bogey there yesterday.
“I’m making a lot of birdies so hopefully I can keep the dropped shots off the card and keep going well.”
The 28-year-old said there was no glaring highlight to his great form but mentioned his driver gave him the opportunity to take advantage of some nice approaches.
“I’m hitting driver really nicely and giving myself a lot of opportunities, a lot of these holes don’t play overly long if you hit driver well and I’m holeing some nice putts,” Added Pearce, who finished 11th at his National Open last week.
Hot on Pearce’s heels is Kris Mueck from Victoria who scored 7-under 63 and now holds outright second on 11-under par.
“I played really nice on the back-9, I had a lot of good looks at birdie and managed to roll a few in,” Mueck said.
“I found the greens quite tricky to read today, the pins were in pretty tricky spots but overall I certainly feel good about how I’m going.”
The round of the day however belonged to another Victorian in Adam Burdett, a recent graduate of the PGA Trainee program.
He shot 8-under 62 to propel himself up to T3 alongside Queenslander Blake Proverbs on 10-under the card.
“The first 11 or 12 holes my putter was hot, the hole looked like a bucket,” Burdett said.
The 22-year-old showed patience beyond his years and is now in striking distance of the lead with two rounds to play.
“It’s just one shot a time for me, I’m just focusing on the one shot and not letting anything into my head.”
Rounding out the top-10 after two rounds is Jack Munro (QLD), James Nitties (NSW) and Matthew Millar (ACT) in T5 with 9-under, Charlie Dan (QLD), Andrew Schoenwillie (VIC), Marcus Cain (QLD) and Mark Brown (NZL) sit together on T8 8-under the card.
Regardless of where Terry Pilkadaris finishes this week, he won’t go home empty handed. Thanks to an ace on the par-3 15th with his pitching wedge, Pilkadaris currently holds one million Qantas Points.
Qantas Golf Club have made the pool of points available to any golfer who hits a hole-in-one in any state PGA Championship in 2017, with Pilkadaris shooting the first of the season.
The players who score an ace this season will share the million point prize pool. If Pilkadaris remains the only player to achieve the feat he will acquire all the points.
The cut was made at 2-under par with 54 Professionals and three amateurs making the weekend rounds.
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