A blemish-free second round at the ISPS HANDA Vic Open has handed Jason Scrivener a two-shot lead after the morning’s play as winds pick up around the beach-side course.
After a sensational round of 8-under par on day one, Scrivener recorded six birdies to finish 6-under 66 on day two to push to the top of the field.
“It’s been two solid days' work,” said Scrivener, who’s strong form has been evident early this season after three top-10 finishes on the European Tour.
“It’s just patience really, I think knowing there's a lot of birdies out there helps.
“If you try to rush them, you can make mistakes, so just plodding your way around and being smart about it.
“I can't really fault it really; I played nicely, so I’m looking forward to the weekend.
Returning to Melbourne after a stint overseas, the Western Australian is pleased with his form in the varying weather conditions.
“I think we can play; the golf course has been pretty benign the last two days, so definitely aware that it can get up and the scoring can get a lot tougher,” he continued.
Playing in the second group out this morning, fellow West Australian Matt Jager picked up where he left off in 2018, shooting 6-under 66 to take full advantage of the morning’s conditions at 13th Beach Golf Links.
“Even though it seemed really calm, there was still enough there today to make it tricky,” Jager said of the conditions.
“The early morning wind typically is quite heavy being this coastal anyway, so it was doing enough to trick it up.
“I just managed my ball pretty well and here we are a couple 66’s, it's pretty good.
With six birdies yesterday, Jager took his form to another level on the creek course for round two.
“Certainly the 10th hole of the day was a highlight obviously making eagle there,” said Jager.
“That came off the back of making a really good save on the 9th, a short par-4 where I felt I should have used my length to my advantage and scrambled for a par.”
Scotland’s David Law also recorded 6-under for the morning to record an 11-under two-day total, while Victorian Matthew Griffin, who won the Vic Open in 2014, has finished at 10-under alongside Michael Hoey, Anton Karlsson and Grant Forrest.
Overnight leader Nick Flanagan and favourites James Nitties and Lucas Herbert continue their Vic Open campaign this afternoon in round two. Click here to follow the live scores.
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