ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth - R2

Fox and Pieters make their move at Lake Karrinyup

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February 14-17
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Western Australia
A$1,600,000

Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Thomas Pieters mastered the windy afternoon conditions to fire a second round 66 and join Ryan Fox in a four-way tie for the lead heading into the weekend at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.

“I was two over after whatever, 13 holes, yesterday,” said Pieters. “To be eight under is a bonus. I’ve rolled in a lot of putts over the past two days and I’m happy where I’m at.

“People can shoot low tomorrow and the cut-off for 24th place could be six, seven under. So maybe I’m a couple shots in, but if you get careless, then I think you can drop a lot of spots easily.

“I think I’m going to go out there tomorrow and act like it’s a stroke play event, and you always want to be in the first place. If you’re not, I don’t think you’re mentally taking it the right way.”

New Zealander Fox recorded a second consecutive round of 68 to set the target at eight under par alongside Australia’s Matthew Griffin and Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand, with Pieters joining them at the top of a congested leaderboard at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

“I played really nice yesterday in some tough conditions and today was a little bit scrappy, but we had some pretty nice conditions this morning, greens were perfect,” said Fox. “No wind around here makes the course pretty scorable, so it was nice to take advantage of that and be in a good place for tomorrow.

“The last couple years I’ve eyed that top 24 from sort of around the morning and it hasn’t worked out very well for me. I’ll try to aim a little higher this year and see what happens. It looks like it might blow tomorrow afternoon as well, so might be a case of just trying to hang on.

“Certainly no taking the foot off the pedal, just got to try to make some birdies and try to finish as high as possible. There is a little bit of bonus for finishing in that top eight, getting the first round off, and I’ll certainly be aiming for that.”


The innovative ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth format will see the top 24 players after three rounds of stroke play progressing to the six hole knockout match play on the fourth and final round on Sunday, with the top eight receiving a bye into the second round.

Belgian Pieters, who secured the ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf alongside countryman Thomas Detry on his last visit to Australia, has some match play pedigree having claimed four points on his Ryder Cup debut in 2016.

Fox missed out on the match play stages after losing in a play-off at Lake Karrinyup in 2017 and finished a shot out of the play-off 12 months ago.

Englishman Richard McEvoy, Scot Robert Macintyre and Australian Matt Jager are one shot off the lead at seven under par, with Spain’s Adrian Otaegui and Frenchman Clément Sordet amongst a group of five players at six under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
-8
70
66
136
T1
Ryan Fox
NZL
-8
68
68
136
T1
Matthew Griffin
AUS
-8
69
67
136
T1
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-8
70
66
136
T5
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-7
67
70
137
T5
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-7
70
67
137
T5
Matt Jager
AUS
-7
69
68
137
T8
Brad Kennedy
AUS
-6
68
70
138
T8
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-6
70
68
138
T8
Berry Henson
USA
-6
71
67
138
T8
Ben Campbell
AUS
-6
67
71
138
T8
Clement Sordet
FRA
-6
71
67
138
T13
Grant Forrest
SCO
-5
74
65
139
T13
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-5
69
70
139
T13
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-5
70
69
139
T13
Steven Jeffress
AUS
-5
70
69
139
T17
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
73
67
140
T17
Justin Harding
RSA
-4
71
69
140
T17
Connor Syme
SCO
-4
73
67
140
T17
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-4
72
68
140
T17
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-4
70
70
140
T17
Ben Evans
ENG
-4
72
68
140
T17
Michael Hoey
NIR
-4
68
72
140
T24
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-3
71
70
141
T24
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-3
70
71
141
T24
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
71
70
141
T24
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T24
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-3
71
70
141
T24
Daniel Fox
AUS
-3
73
68
141
T24
Paul Dunne
IRL
-3
73
68
141
T24
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
-3
72
69
141
T24
Daniel Gale
AUS
-3
69
72
141
T24
Scott Vincent
ZWE
-3
70
71
141
T24
Darren Beck
AUS
-3
72
69
141
T24
Andrew Martin
AUS
-3
70
71
141
T24
Jordan Zunic
AUS
-3
70
71
141
T37
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
74
68
142
T37
Peter Fowler
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T37
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
69
73
142
T37
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
70
72
142
T37
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T37
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-2
74
68
142
T37
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
74
68
142
T37
Max McCardle
AUS
-2
73
69
142
T37
Cory Crawford
AUS
-2
74
68
142
T37
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-2
68
74
142
T37
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-2
65
77
142
T37
Per Laengfors
SWE
-2
71
71
142
T49
Michael Hendry
NZL
-1
73
70
143
T49
Peter Lonard
AUS
-1
72
71
143
T49
Shiv Kapur
IND
-1
73
70
143
T49
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
73
70
143
T49
Anthony Quayle
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T49
Josh Younger
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T49
Prom Meesawat
THA
-1
70
73
143
T49
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
-1
65
78
143
T49
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T49
Jake McLeod
AUS
-1
71
72
143
T49
Zach Murray
AUS
-1
72
71
143
T49
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-1
71
72
143
T49
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T49
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-1
68
75
143
T49
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-1
74
69
143
T49
David Bransdon
AUS
-1
71
72
143
T49
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
73
70
143
T49
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
68
76
144
CUT
Ben Eccles
AUS
Par
74
70
144
CUT
David Smail
NZL
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Mark Brown
NZL
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Micah Shin
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
77
67
144
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Daisuke Kataoka
JPN
1
73
72
145
CUT
Danthai Boonma
THA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
73
72
145
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
73
72
145
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Matthew Millar
AUS
1
74
71
145
CUT
Matthew Stieger
AUS
1
76
69
145
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
73
72
145
CUT
Poom Saksansin
THA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
1
71
74
145
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
2
72
74
146
CUT
David Borda
ESP
2
73
73
146
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
2
72
74
146
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
74
72
146
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
74
72
146
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
2
73
73
146
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
2
75
71
146
CUT
Michael Wright
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Stephen Leaney
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
71
76
147
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
3
76
71
147
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
3
75
72
147
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Austen Truslow
USA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Damien Jordan
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
4
72
76
148
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
4
76
72
148
CUT
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
4
73
75
148
CUT
Nick O’Hern
AUS
4
72
76
148
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
4
78
70
148
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
4
72
76
148
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
4
73
75
148
CUT
Christopher Wood
AUS
5
73
76
149
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
5
75
74
149
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
5
71
78
149
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
5
78
71
149
CUT
Simon Hawkes
AUS
5
72
77
149
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
5
71
78
149
CUT
Viraj Madappa
IND
5
74
75
149
CUT
David Law
SCO
6
70
80
150
CUT
Nick Voke
NZL
6
73
77
150
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
6
77
73
150
CUT
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
6
78
72
150
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jarryd Felton
AUS
7
77
74
151
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
7
72
79
151
CUT
Michael Long
NZL
7
73
78
151
CUT
Peter O’Malley
AUS
7
75
76
151
CUT
Blake Proverbs
AUS
9
76
77
153
CUT
Dylan Perry
AUS
9
74
79
153
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
9
76
77
153
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
9
76
77
153
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
10
77
77
154
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
11
77
78
155
RET
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
Par
72
72