Date: January 13, 2007
Author: Sportal

Pilkadaris sitting pretty

Sportal Aussie Terry Pilkadaris has shot a six-under par round of 66 to be move to 10-under par and one stroke from the lead after the second round of the Joburg Open in South Africa. Pilkadaris followed up his opening round 67 with an impressive iron display to set himself up for a shot at the title over the weekend. The Australian is in outright fourth position chasing the three South African leaders James Kingston, Hennie Otto and Jakobus Roos who are all at 11-under par. Roos, who only turned professional in 2005, carded the equal-best round of the day with a seven-under par 65 which included a birdie-eagle finish. The top four on the leader board all completed their second round on the less demanding par-72 West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club with the final two rounds to be played on the more difficult par 71 East Course. Fellow Australian Matthew Zions also remains in contention after second round 68 to put him at eight-under par and in equal-eighth position along with a host of other competitors. South African Andrew McLardy who led after the opening round came back to earth shooting a one-over par round of 72 to leave him three shots behind the leaders. New Zealand competitor Steve Alker couldn&apost match his efforts from the first round, where he shot a four-under par 68, instead falling behind the pack with three-over par 74. The event is being co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours. Leading scores after the second round of the Joburg Open (East Course par 71, West Course par 72): -11: James Kingston 66 66, Hennie Otto 65 67, Jakobus Roos 67 65 -10: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 67 66 -9: Ariel Canete 66 68, Dean Lambert 68 66, Louis Oosthuizen 65 69 -8: Magnus Carlsson 69 66, Alastair Forsyth 67 68, Doug McGuigan 68 67, Andrew McLardy 63 72, Edoardo Molinari 64 71, Mark Murless 64 71, Henrik Nystrom 66 69, Magnus Persson 68 67, Richard Sterne 69 66, Jaco Van Zyl 67 68, Matthew Zions (Australia) 67 68 -7: Adilson Da Silva 71 65, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 69 67, Alex Haindl 68 68, Jan-Are Larsen 70 66, David Park 65 71, Brandon Pieters 65 71, Sven Struver 65 71 Also: -3: Simon Nash (Australia) 72 68 -1: Steve Alker (New Zealand) 68 74 +4: Daniel Gaunt (Australia) 74 73