Second Round Report
Andrew Dodt will carry a two-shot lead into the weekend of the Australian PGA Championship after the Australian fired a second round of 67 at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
Dodt, a two-time winner on the European Tour, took control after moving to 12 under par, but a whole host of challengers are stacked behind him including World Number Seven Adam Scott, who currently shares third place with Kiwi Ryan Fox on eight under par.
Ashley Hall sits in second place on ten under par after the Australian carded a second round of 69 which included a triple bogey at the fourth – the same hole he eagled on the opening day.
The only blemish for Dodt in an otherwise flawless display was a closing bogey, but the Queenslander was not the only player in the field to suffer at the hands of the fiendishly difficult 18th.
Ian Poulter managed to birdie the hole – one of six on his card in a round of 68 which moved the flamboyant Englishman to four under par.
US PGA Tour Member Harold Varner III is also in the hunt on seven under par, but it is Dodt whom they all have to catch on the Gold Goast.
Andrew Dodt: “I hit the green on the last, but unfortunately rushed my first putt first and then missed the one coming back. So it was a frustrating way to finish because I really wanted to go bogey-free today, but it wasn’t to be and I’m not going to beat myself up about it too badly.
“The job’s only half done, so I need to keep in the same mind-set that I’ve had for the first two days. As I said to you all yesterday, I’d rather score well than hit it well, but today both elements combined so I’m obviously really happy with the state of my game.”
Ashley Hall: “I got off to a good start. I actually had it in my head that if I could shoot something in the 60s again today, that would be a good result. I was cruising along before I hit a little speed hump on the fourth, but I got it back in the end so I got what I set out to do.
“I hit it right off the fourth tee. It was a pretty bad shot actually. It hit the cart path and ended up in the hazard. I took a drop backwards to try to hit it over the tree and ended up in the bunker, then three-putted from there.”
Adam Scott: “That’s the best I’ve played in a couple of weeks and it was a good day to do it, because it wasn’t that easy. It was probably the same as the guys had yesterday afternoon, but hitting most of the greens made it fairly stress-free for me today.”
Harold Varner III: “The double bogeys weren’t fun, but the other holes were. It’s a good place, I like it here. It’s real nice to be in some heat since it’s so cold back home. I’m just enjoying myself, and it helps that my caddie’s from Melbourne. It’s good to be here, we’re having a great time and have made a few trips to the casino, so it’s all good.”
Ian Poulter: “That was a little strange morning call, I think a 3.30am alarm to come out and play golf is a touch on the early side. At least it was light, so we could get out there, but it’s just an unusual feeling. I didn’t manage to get any jetlag at all flying from America, but my tee time has managed to give me jetlag. It’s kind of an unusual situation, but I guess there’s a first for everything.
“I don’t ever remember an alarm going off at any time in the threes for a tee off time in the last 17 years, so it’s definitely a first and the body clock is not 100% on time. But it’s just a number, I guess. I was in bed at 6.45pm last night trying to go to sleep, watched telly for a little while and managed to fall asleep so it wasn’t too bad. But I’ll certainly be having a nap this afternoon.”
Round Three Scores
132 A Dodt (Aus) 65 67,