Australian PGA Championship R2

Adam Scott in the mix

December 19-22
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
AUD$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Major Champion Adam Scott carded a five under par round of 67 to stay in the hunt heading into the weekend at the Australian PGA Championship.

Australian PGA Championship R2 - Scott in the mix
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“It was a good solid round today, which I needed to kind of stay on the pace. Generally played really good today, so I’m pretty happy shooting 67. You should be most times you shoot 67.

“I pulled a seven iron somewhere that I didn’t like very much and made a bogey, but other than that I think I pretty much hit 16 greens today, so it was fairly stress free. I played fairly defensive into the greens because I thought the pins were actually a little more tucked today and to get it really close you must risk hitting it down some of the big runoffs off these greens. I didn’t really want to do that too much and I played safe. I rolled a lot of nice putts. A lot went by the edge, but I made a couple as well.”


The home favourite, who became Australia’s first Masters Champion in 2013, eagled the 15th hole at RACV Royal Pines Resort for the second day in a row, and then carded four further birdies to sit two strokes behind China’s Carl Yuan. Yuan recorded the joint-low round of the tournament thus far, a seven under par 65, to move to nine under par.

“It was a great day, honestly,” said Yuan. “I played great, played smart, stuck to the plan. I was fortunate enough that I got a couple of really long putts that dropped through the round. I made two little mistakes, but really pulled myself together and kept it going.

“It’s my second time playing here. It was helpful playing here last year. I know the course a lot better and my strategy, the holes change a bit and it really paid off. I’m more used to the wind here now since I played here last year. It’s a little different sometimes because change directions. Just got to really be patient and hit shot by shot here.”

In second is Australian Anthony Quayle, who plies his trade on the Japan Golf Tour. The 25-year-old moved to eight under par after a second round of 66, which included six birdies and an eagle.


Scott shares third place with compatriot Wade Ormsby, who he grew up playing golf with in Adelaide, South Australia. The pair are one stroke ahead of Michael Hendry, of New Zealand, and Australia’s Tom Power Horan.

“I think three of the last five years I’ve played well around here,” said Ormsby. “It’s a good course. Pretty tricky green complexes. I think if you have seen them a little bit and you know where to hit it, you’ve got a little bit of an advantage. You just can’t hit darts all day, you’ve got to kind of play the golf course, play the pins and whatever else. I think that’s probably the reason why I’m kind of around the mark this week.”


South African Bryce Easton, who finished 22nd on the Challenge Tour’s Road to Mallorca Rankings in 2019, carded a four under par round of 68 to move to a share of seventh, alongside twice-defending champion Cameron Smith, who matched Yuan’s round of 65.

Smith is bidding to become the first player to win a non-Major or WGC European Tour event three years in a row since Ernie Els won the Heineken Classic, also held in Australia, from 2002 to 2004.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Carl Yuan
CHN
-9
70
65
135
2
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-8
70
66
136
T3
Adam Scott
AUS
-7
70
67
137
T3
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-7
68
69
137
T5
Michael Hendry
NZL
-6
70
68
138
T5
Tom Power-Horan
AUS
-6
72
66
138
T7
Bryce Easton
RSA
-5
71
68
139
T7
Cameron Smith
AUS
-5
74
65
139
T9
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-4
68
72
140
T9
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-4
71
69
140
T9
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
-4
72
68
140
T9
Nick Voke
NZL
-4
69
71
140
T9
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
-4
68
72
140
T9
Travis Smyth
AUS
-4
68
72
140
T9
Brett Rankin
AUS
-4
67
73
140
T9
Harry Bateman
NZL
-4
69
71
140
T17
Johannes Veerman
USA
-3
70
71
141
T17
Cameron Champ
USA
-3
71
70
141
T17
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
72
141
T17
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-3
71
70
141
T17
Nick Cullen
AUS
-3
68
73
141
T17
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-3
69
72
141
T17
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-3
70
71
141
T17
Brett Rumford
AUS
-3
72
69
141
T17
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
-3
72
69
141
T26
Stewart Cink
USA
-2
70
72
142
T26
Calum Hill
SCO
-2
70
72
142
T26
Blake Windred
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T26
Brady Watt
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T26
Cameron Davis
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T26
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
73
69
142
T26
Damien Perrier
FRA
-2
70
72
142
T26
Simon Hawkes
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T34
Daniel Gale
AUS
-1
72
71
143
T34
Greg Chalmers
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T34
Rod Pampling
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T34
Michael Sim
AUS
-1
73
70
143
T34
Troy Moses
AUS
-1
75
68
143
T34
Brad Kennedy
AUS
-1
71
72
143
T34
Mark R. Brown
AUS
-1
72
71
143
T34
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
73
70
143
T42
Jason Norris
AUS
Par
69
75
144
T42
Jack Senior
ENG
Par
70
74
144
T42
Richard Green
AUS
Par
71
73
144
T42
Denzel Ieremia
NZL
Par
77
67
144
T42
Matthew Stieger
AUS
Par
74
70
144
T42
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
72
72
144
T42
James Anstiss
NZL
Par
76
68
144
T42
Taylor MacDonald
FJI
Par
73
71
144
T42
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
67
77
144
T42
Dale Whitnell
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T42
Zach Murray
AUS
Par
71
73
144
T42
Peter Fowler
AUS
Par
72
72
144
T42
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
Par
73
71
144
T42
Michael Wright
AUS
Par
69
75
144
T42
Daniel Pearce
NZL
Par
72
72
144
T42
Fraser MacLachlan
NZL
Par
72
72
144
T58
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
1
72
73
145
T58
Harrison Endycott
AUS
1
73
72
145
T58
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
1
72
73
145
T58
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
1
70
75
145
T58
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
1
73
72
145
T58
Dylan Perry
AUS
1
73
72
145
T58
Ross McGowan
ENG
1
73
72
145
T58
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
74
71
145
T58
Jamie Arnold
AUS
1
73
72
145
T58
Janne Kaske
FIN
1
74
71
145
T58
Daniel Hillier
NZL
1
74
71
145
T58
Nick Flanagan
AUS
1
72
73
145
T58
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
73
72
145
T58
Steve Allan
AUS
1
70
75
145
T58
Ashley Hall
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Andrew Evans
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Andrew Martin
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Christopher Wood
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
David Coupland
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Gavin Fairfax
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Hurly Long
GER
2
74
72
146
CUT
John Senden
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Warren
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Kade McBride
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Samuel Eaves
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Chase Hanna
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
David Smail
NZL
3
69
78
147
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
3
76
71
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jeong-Woo Ham
KOR
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
70
77
147
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Matt Jager
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Peter Lonard
AUS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Scott Strange
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Tim Stewart
AUS
3
72
75
147
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Ben Eccles
AUS
4
71
77
148
CUT
Blake Proverbs
AUS
4
80
68
148
CUT
Daniel Young
SCO
4
74
74
148
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Lincoln Tighe
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Matthew Griffin
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Peter Cooke
RSA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Robin Petersson
SWE
4
76
72
148
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
71
77
148
CUT
Aaron Zemmer
ITA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
5
76
73
149
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Peter O’Malley
AUS
5
78
71
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
75
74
149
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
6
74
76
150
CUT
Blake Collyer
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
6
72
78
150
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
6
76
74
150
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Damien Jordan
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
David Bransdon
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Howell
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Micheluzzi
AUS
6
74
76
150
CUT
Hyung-Seok Seo
KOR
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jarryd Felton
AUS
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jesper Sandborg
NZL
6
79
71
150
CUT
Max McCardle
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Nick O’Hern
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
7
77
74
151
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
7
74
77
151
CUT
Michael Long
NZL
7
76
75
151
CUT
Peter Wilson
AUS
7
76
75
151
CUT
Shae Wools-Cobb
AUS
7
75
76
151
CUT
Brody Martin
AUS
8
76
76
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
77
75
152
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
8
74
78
152
CUT
David McKenzie
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Gareth Paddison
NZL
9
76
77
153
CUT
Steven Bowditch
AUS
9
79
74
153
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
10
79
75
154
CUT
Darren Beck
AUS
10
78
76
154
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
10
74
80
154
CUT
Peter Senior
AUS
10
77
77
154
CUT
Vernon Sexton-Finck
AUS
10
75
79
154
CUT
Braden Becker
AUS
11
75
80
155
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
11
77
78
155
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
11
78
77
155
CUT
Brad Burns
AUS
13
77
80
157
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
13
78
79
157
CUT
Andrew Campbell
AUS
14
82
76
158
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
14
74
84
158
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
15
85
74
159
RET
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
75
75
RET
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
77
77
RET
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
Par
77
77