Australian Open Round 2 State of Play Live
Friday 29th November 2013, 5.45pm
Adam Scott just had a quick chat to media. Here's a bit of what he had to say...
"It was going to be a day where you just have to hang on, try and hit as many good shots as possible. I hit lots of good ones."
"I made lots of birdies but there were bogeys out there easy to come by today if you were just slightly off and I think probably most draw cards would have looked similar this afternoon."
"We've got another good leaderboard stacking up here and like I've said the whole week, it's going to be a tough one to win this week and there are plenty of guys in the mix."
"I'm going to have to play some good golf if there's fair conditions because there are plenty of birdies out there."
Friday 29th November 2013, 5.30pm
Adam Scott will play alongside Rory McIlroy in Round 3 of the Emirates Australian Open.
Despite an up and down day, Scott had a ten foot birdie putt to take a three shot lead into Saturday, but settled for par and a two shot buffer over McIlroy.
“It was a tough afternoon... I made a few mistakes but overall pretty good," said Scott after his round.
With the cut projected to be made at 1-over par, four past Champions are certain to miss the cut including last year’s champion Peter Senior, Greg Chalmers, Craig Parry and Peter ‘Chook’ Fowler.
Robert Allenby and Steve Allan are right on the cut line.
Friday 29th November 2013, 2.45pm
With the afternoon conditions more severe than this morning, it’s been a slow afternoon at Royal Sydney.
Since birdying the first hole overnight leader Adam Scott has had an up and down round, consisting of four pars, four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on 4.
Mid round Scott sits at 11-under par one ahead of Rory McIlroy.
A little earlier today Scott and Jason Day lost their third playing partner, American Kevin Streelman, who was forced to withdraw mid-round.
Streelman, who also played last week’s World Cup of Golf, succumbed to a developing eye injury that required urgent medical attention away from the course.
Wearing sunglasses to shield his eyes Streelman tried to persevere but finally withdrew on the 5th hole.
The PGA wishes Kevin a speedy recovery and thanks him for coming down to play in Australia over the last few weeks.
In other news, this week’s tournament has had a real family flair to it, none more so that the Arnold brothers from Sydney who are both competing this week.
Scott and Jamie are both tied at 4-under par in T13 – and may be looking at a family pairing in tomorrow’s third round.
The other family in this week’s field, father and son Andre and Zac Stolz, are now out on course playing Round 2.
Friday 29th November 2013, 12.45pm
Rory was definitely the story of the morning, but Adam has started the afternoon where he left off yesterday – with a birdie.
He sits one ahead of Rory McIlroy who finished Round 2 at 10-under par, even with Adam’s first round score.
Admitting he thought he had the best conditions of the day, Rory told media in his post-round press conference that he hoped “it blew a little harder this afternoon,” but was confident he would chip away at any lead Adam may establish.
“I want to finish the year well… it’s a big tournament for me,” he said.
Hole-in-one hero Richard Green finished one back from McIlroy in third at 9-under par while Matt Jones shot his second 68 to sit in fourth.
Canadian Ryan Yip is yet to tee off in Round 2 but currently sits in fifth.
New South Welshman Leigh McKechnie shot the low round of the morning field (7-under 65) while former Australian Open champ Geoff Ogilvy lifted himself up into the top 20 with a 6-under 66.
Friday 29thNovember 2013, 11.15am
With three holes to play Rory McIlroy is now only one back from Adam Scott’s Emirates Australian Open lead.
McIlroy’s round has included 8 birdies so far, but bogeys on 17 and 4 have slowed his momentum.
European Tour regular Richard Green has also made a charge and with one to play is even with McIlroy in 2nd at 9-under.
highlight of Green’s round (and the day so far!) was a hole-in-one on the 144m par-3
6th hole which he aced with his 8 iron.
Friday 29th November 2013, 10.10am
The showers haven’t stopped the fans from coming out to Royal Sydney this morning… nor has it stopped Rory McIlroy from making a move.
Despite a bogey on 17 the World No. 6 is now 5-under through 10 holes today and sitting at 8-under par.
That’s outright SECOND and only two shots back from Adam Scott who tees off later this afternoon.
He’s still got the front nine to play so stay tuned for further updates.
After a strong birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie finish yesterday, South Australia’s Max McCardle has picked up where he left off and is in to third with three more birdies this morning.
Ranked 946 in the world, Max’s best finish this year has been T2 at the Heritage Classic in January.
Friday 29thNovember 2013, 9.10am
We should also mention that overnight South Australia's Nick Cullen was forced to withdraw from the Emirates Australian Open with suspected appendicitis.
We wish Nick all the best and hope he recovers in
time to take on Japan Qualifying School next week as planned.
Friday 29th November 2013, 9.00am
Much to the delight of fans, Rory is making a charge this morning and is 3-under through 6 holes.
Teeing off the back nine Rory has birdied the 10th, 13th and 15th holes and is now into a share of fourth on the leaderboard at 6-under par.
There’s a good early gallery forming for his group, which also includes Geoff Ogilvy and Matt Jones.
Jones is a shot behind McIlroy at 5-under while Ogilvy is 2-under today but still 1-over for the tournament.
Another to watch this morning is John Senden who is 2-under through 7 holes and Leigh McKechnie who is 3-under through 6.
With an early dusting of rain the greens are running a little slower than yesterday at 10’4 on the stimp.
Friday 29th November 2013, 8.00am
Welcome back to a rainy Royal Sydney for Round 2 of the Emirates Australian Open.
We’re expecting intermittent showers today with winds of 24-40km/h easing in the mid-afternoon.
Play got underway at 6.50am this morning with Rory McIlroy among those already out on course.
After labelling yesterday’s round as “wasteful,” McIlroy birdied his first hole this morning and is into the top 10 for the first time.
Last week’s Gloria Jean’s NSW Open winner Aron Price also birdied the first, with the only other player under-par this morning being New Zealand’s Mark Brown.
Did you miss out on some of yesterday’s action? Check out the video highlights from Round 1.
And don’t forget the live TV coverage kicks off on Channel Seven from 12.00pm (AEDT) and check back here for updates throughout the day.