European Tour

Australian PGA Championship 2018

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

Round 2

Sensational Smith takes lead on Gold Coast

November 30, 2018

Defending champion Cameron Smith carded a brilliant 65 on day two of the Australian PGA Championship to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Sensational Smith takes lead on Gold Coast, © Getty Images

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“It was good. I thought I struck it nicely yesterday and the putts weren't quite going in. I just didn't quite have the speed yesterday. I did a little bit of extra work this morning on the green and it paid off. I was actually getting putts to the hole today, which is nice."

“I knew I had to get off to a good start to kind of transfer the momentum kind of thing over. You know, got off to a great start, had a pretty crappy bogey there on whatever hole it is, four or whatever. Just a couple of errors in a row. From then on in, it was just really solid golf."

The home favourite is looking to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Robert Allenby in 2001 and he was nine under at the top of a leaderboard dominated by Australians.

Marc Leishman and Jake McLeod led the chasing pack, one shot clear of countrymen Matt Jager, Dimitrios Papadatos and Christopher Wood.

“Happy with the position at the moment," said Leishman. "Lot of golf to play and the course is only getting tougher. It's starting to speed up, which is good. The sun's out, it's warm, it's only going to dry it even more. Me and Foxy (Ryan Fox) were saying it's one of those courses where if you're hitting good shots, you can make a lot of birdies, but if you're just a little bit off, it's pretty brutal. I did hit a lot of good shots and a couple of bad ones, but they didn't cause me too much damage luckily."

Smith made seven birdies in his first ten holes and while McLeod opened up a two-shot lead on the back nine, a late stumble handed the initiative back to Smith.

McLeod leads the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and a win this week could secure him his European Tour playing privileges, while Leishman is looking for a first top tier win on home soil.

“It's good," said McLeod. "Hopefully I can be in the last group with Cam, which would be a good round. We haven't played a round in a long time either, so it would be nice to have a game and see where I'm at against one of the best players in the world."

“It's a bit of an up and down day and it was sort of a lot of good and a lot of bad. It was just one of those days, but the good was a bit better, so it was nice to have a couple under today.”

American Harold Varner III - the 2016 champion - was at six under, a shot clear of India's Gaganjeet Bhullar, England's Andrew Johnston, and Australians David Bransdon, Paul Hayden and Anthony Quayle.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Cameron Smith
AUS
-9
70
65
135
T2
Jake McLeod
AUS
-8
66
70
136
T2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-8
68
68
136
T4
Christopher Wood
AUS
-7
71
66
137
T4
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-7
67
70
137
T4
Matt Jager
AUS
-7
66
71
137
7
Harold Varner III
USA
-6
69
69
138
T8
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T8
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-5
70
69
139
T8
David Bransdon
AUS
-5
71
68
139
T8
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-5
69
70
139
T8
Paul Hayden
AUS
-5
72
67
139
T13
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-4
68
72
140
T13
Oliver Farr
WAL
-4
71
69
140
T13
Robert Allenby
AUS
-4
70
70
140
T16
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-3
72
69
141
T16
Ben Eccles
AUS
-3
70
71
141
T16
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-3
67
74
141
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
68
73
141
T16
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
70
71
141
T21
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T21
Daan Huizing
NED
-2
73
69
142
T21
Damien Jordan
AUS
-2
69
73
142
T21
Daniel Fox
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T21
David McKenzie
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T21
Douglas Klein
AUS
-2
68
74
142
T21
Frazer Droop
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T21
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-2
70
72
142
T21
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-2
70
72
142
T21
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
69
73
142
T21
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-2
70
72
142
T21
Matthew Millar
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T21
Michael Wright
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T21
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-2
69
73
142
T21
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
74
68
142
T21
Peter Cooke
RSA
-2
73
69
142
T21
Peter Senior
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T21
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T21
Tom Murray
ENG
-2
69
73
142
T21
Troy Merritt
USA
-2
71
71
142
T41
Alex Edge
AUS
-1
73
70
143
T41
Austin Connelly
CAN
-1
72
71
143
T41
Blake Proverbs
AUS
-1
71
72
143
T41
Braden Becker
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T41
Craig Ross
SCO
-1
71
72
143
T41
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-1
72
71
143
T41
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
72
71
143
T41
Matthew Griffin
AUS
-1
72
71
143
T41
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T41
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
73
70
143
T41
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
69
74
143
T41
Rod Pampling
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T41
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T41
Steve Allan
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T41
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
69
74
143
T56
Alexander Knappe
GER
Par
70
74
144
T56
Ashley Hall
AUS
Par
70
74
144
T56
Daniel Gale
AUS
Par
70
74
144
T56
Darren Beck
AUS
Par
73
71
144
T56
Hugues Joannes
BEL
Par
72
72
144
T56
Jack Munro
AUS
Par
73
71
144
T56
James Morrison
ENG
Par
69
75
144
T56
Jason Norris
AUS
Par
70
74
144
T56
Mark Brown
NZL
Par
71
73
144
T56
Max McCardle
AUS
Par
76
68
144
T56
Ross McGowan
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T56
Ryan Evans
ENG
Par
72
72
144
T56
Ryan Fox
NZL
Par
69
75
144
T56
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
73
71
144
T56
Tim Stewart
AUS
Par
70
74
144
T56
Zach Murray
AUS
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
70
75
145
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
1
75
70
145
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
1
70
75
145
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
69
76
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
76
69
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
71
74
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
73
72
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
72
73
145
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Steven Jeffress
AUS
1
69
76
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
68
78
146
CUT
Aron Price
AUS
2
69
77
146
CUT
Brad Moules
FIJ
2
70
76
146
CUT
Carl Yuan
CHN
2
70
76
146
CUT
Dale Williamson
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
David Smail
NZL
2
75
71
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
73
73
146
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Josh Younger
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Kieran Muir
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
2
72
74
146
CUT
Peter O'Malley
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Ryan Lynch
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
74
73
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
77
70
147
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
3
74
73
147
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Adam Blyth
AUS
4
70
78
148
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
4
74
74
148
CUT
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Paul Maddy
ENG
4
70
78
148
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
4
74
74
148
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
4
70
78
148
CUT
Sam Lee
FIJ
4
73
75
148
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
76
72
148
CUT
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
4
71
77
148
CUT
Tim Hart
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
4
73
75
148
CUT
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
5
76
73
149
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
73
76
149
CUT
David Boote
WAL
5
72
77
149
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
76
73
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
5
71
78
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
80
69
149
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
76
73
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
75
74
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
6
72
78
150
CUT
Matthew Lisk
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
Matthew Perry
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
78
72
150
CUT
Chris Duke
AUS
7
75
76
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
7
78
73
151
CUT
Daniel Pearce
NZL
7
74
77
151
CUT
Brett Rankin
AUS
8
75
77
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
76
76
152
CUT
David Cooke
USA
8
73
79
152
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
8
77
75
152
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
8
74
78
152
CUT
Rory Bourke
AUS
8
74
78
152
CUT
Adam Stephens
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
9
77
76
153
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
9
80
73
153
CUT
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
9
76
77
153
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
10
76
78
154
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
10
76
78
154
CUT
George Twyman
ENG
10
77
77
154
CUT
James Anstiss
NZL
10
76
78
154
CUT
Peter Wilson
ENG
10
74
80
154
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
11
80
75
155
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
13
80
77
157
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
24
84
84
168
RET
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
82
-
82
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Cameron Smith
AUS
-9
65
135
T2
Jake McLeod
AUS
-8
70
136
T2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-8
68
136
T4
Christopher Wood
AUS
-7
66
137
T4
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-7
70
137
T4
Matt Jager
AUS
-7
71
137
7
Harold Varner III
USA
-6
69
138
T8
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
69
139
T8
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-5
69
139
T8
David Bransdon
AUS
-5
68
139
T8
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-5
70
139
T8
Paul Hayden
AUS
-5
67
139
T13
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-4
72
140
T13
Oliver Farr
WAL
-4
69
140
T13
Robert Allenby
AUS
-4
70
140
T16
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-3
69
141
T16
Ben Eccles
AUS
-3
71
141
T16
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-3
74
141
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
73
141
T16
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
71
141
T21
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
-2
69
142
T21
Daan Huizing
NED
-2
69
142
T21
Damien Jordan
AUS
-2
73
142
T21
Daniel Fox
AUS
-2
69
142
T21
David McKenzie
AUS
-2
69
142
T21
Douglas Klein
AUS
-2
74
142
T21
Frazer Droop
AUS
-2
69
142
T21
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-2
72
142
T21
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-2
72
142
T21
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-2
73
142
T21
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-2
72
142
T21
Matthew Millar
AUS
-2
70
142
T21
Michael Wright
AUS
-2
70
142
T21
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-2
73
142
T21
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
68
142
T21
Peter Cooke
RSA
-2
69
142
T21
Peter Senior
AUS
-2
70
142
T21
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-2
70
142
T21
Tom Murray
ENG
-2
73
142
T21
Troy Merritt
USA
-2
71
142
T41
Alex Edge
AUS
-1
70
143
T41
Austin Connelly
CAN
-1
71
143
T41
Blake Proverbs
AUS
-1
72
143
T41
Braden Becker
AUS
-1
73
143
T41
Craig Ross
SCO
-1
72
143
T41
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-1
71
143
T41
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
71
143
T41
Matthew Griffin
AUS
-1
71
143
T41
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-1
69
143
T41
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
70
143
T41
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
74
143
T41
Rod Pampling
AUS
-1
69
143
T41
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-1
73
143
T41
Steve Allan
AUS
-1
73
143
T41
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
74
143
T56
Alexander Knappe
GER
Par
74
144
T56
Ashley Hall
AUS
Par
74
144
T56
Daniel Gale
AUS
Par
74
144
T56
Darren Beck
AUS
Par
71
144
T56
Hugues Joannes
BEL
Par
72
144
T56
Jack Munro
AUS
Par
71
144
T56
James Morrison
ENG
Par
75
144
T56
Jason Norris
AUS
Par
74
144
T56
Mark Brown
NZL
Par
73
144
T56
Max McCardle
AUS
Par
68
144
T56
Ross McGowan
ENG
Par
73
144
T56
Ryan Evans
ENG
Par
72
144
T56
Ryan Fox
NZL
Par
75
144
T56
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
71
144
T56
Tim Stewart
AUS
Par
74
144
T56
Zach Murray
AUS
Par
74
144
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
1
73
145
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
72
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
75
145
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
72
145
CUT
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
1
70
145
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
1
75
145
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
76
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
69
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
74
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
73
145
CUT
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
72
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
73
145
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
1
72
145
CUT
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
1
73
145
CUT
Steven Jeffress
AUS
1
76
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
73
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
78
146
CUT
Aron Price
AUS
2
77
146
CUT
Brad Moules
FIJ
2
76
146
CUT
Carl Yuan
CHN
2
76
146
CUT
Dale Williamson
AUS
2
75
146
CUT
David Smail
NZL
2
71
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
73
146
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
2
73
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
72
146
CUT
Josh Younger
AUS
2
72
146
CUT
Kieran Muir
AUS
2
73
146
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
2
74
146
CUT
Peter O'Malley
AUS
2
73
146
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
2
75
146
CUT
Ryan Lynch
AUS
2
73
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
72
147
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
74
147
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
3
74
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
73
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
70
147
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
3
73
147
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
3
74
147
CUT
Adam Blyth
AUS
4
78
148
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
4
73
148
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
74
148
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
4
74
148
CUT
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
4
75
148
CUT
Paul Maddy
ENG
4
78
148
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
4
74
148
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
4
78
148
CUT
Sam Lee
FIJ
4
75
148
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
72
148
CUT
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
4
77
148
CUT
Tim Hart
AUS
4
73
148
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
4
75
148
CUT
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
5
73
149
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
76
149
CUT
David Boote
WAL
5
77
149
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
73
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
5
78
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
69
149
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
73
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
74
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
6
78
150
CUT
Matthew Lisk
AUS
6
75
150
CUT
Matthew Perry
AUS
6
73
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
72
150
CUT
Chris Duke
AUS
7
76
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
7
73
151
CUT
Daniel Pearce
NZL
7
77
151
CUT
Brett Rankin
AUS
8
77
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
76
152
CUT
David Cooke
USA
8
79
152
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
8
75
152
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
8
78
152
CUT
Rory Bourke
AUS
8
78
152
CUT
Adam Stephens
AUS
9
76
153
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
9
76
153
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
9
73
153
CUT
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
9
77
153
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
10
78
154
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
10
78
154
CUT
George Twyman
ENG
10
77
154
CUT
James Anstiss
NZL
10
78
154
CUT
Peter Wilson
ENG
10
80
154
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
11
75
155
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
13
77
157
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
24
84
168
RET
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
-
82