David McKenzie set the greens alight today on the Creek Course at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links during the second round of the Oates Vic Open.

Playing in the afternoon field, David McKenzie joined Dimitrios Papadatos in second place after a red hot putting display sent him racing up the leaderboard.

The veteran needed only a remarkable 20 putts on his way to firing 9-under 63 on the Creek Course to be 12-under the card heading into the weekend.

"The funny thing is on about the 12th I though if I can even two-putt in from here I've only had 26 putts which is a pretty good day!" McKenzie joked.

"That's probably my best putting round since I had to get rid of the belly putter."

He said he wasn't expecting to perform so well on a course that hasn't been kind to him in the past and is pleasantly surprised to finish in a tie for second after two rounds.

"It's totally different to where I'd expect I'd be because I haven't payed very well here at any point, I think I've only made two cuts since they started playing here.

"This is not a happy hunting ground for me so hopefully it'll be a little bit better this week."

McKenzie will hope to repeat his performance in round three on the Beach Course on Saturday with an aim of qualifying for the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth tournament at Lake Karrinyup Country Club next week.