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3pm: Su Oh and Wade Ormsby are leading the respective chase packs as the afternoon wave of the second round at the ISPS Handa Vic Open nears the halfway point.
Oh, who had a hole-in-one on the Creek Course yesterday to set the sizzling scoring in train, has picked up where she left off with four front-nine birdies on the Beach Course today to climb to third at 10 under.
She’s now just three behind American Kim Kaufman (66 for -13) who leads by two from Japan’s Haru Nomura (67 for -11) who torched the Creek Course in the morning wave.
Other women making progress in the afternoon include Taiwan’s Teresa Lu who’s into a share of fifth at seven under, with three early birdies on the Beach Course.
Legendary Karrie Webb has moved herself under the projected cut line with two early birdies on the Beach Course to sit at two under overall, with the projected cut volatile, but currently at one under.
On the men’s side, veteran South Australian Wade Ormsby is the hot man on course this afternoon, six under through 10 holes to sit at 13 under in total and now just one behind leader Jason Scrivener.
Scrivener and fellow West Australian Matt Jager (-12) were the stars of the morning, each carding 66 but on the Beach and Creek Courses, respectively.
Overnight leader Nick Flanagan has an early birdie to sit at 11 under overall early in his second round.
Victorian Marcus Fraser had been six under through 10 holes today, but gave a shot back on the 12th and now sits in a share of 25th at seven under in total.
Veterans Peter Lonard and Geoff Ogilvy both signed for even-par 72s to sit at six under in total, safely inside the projected cut line of five under.
Live television coverage has now started on ABC TV nationally and Fox Sports Australia.
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11am: Western Australia’s Matt Jager has leapt to the top of the leaderboard at the ISPS Handa Vic Open with a stunning second round at 13th Beach.
Jager, 30, an Australasian tour veteran, had five birdies including four in a row on the front nine of the Creek course today and then eagled the par-five 10th hole.
He is at six-under par in nice conditions today and 12-under overall through 15 holes of the second round, a shot ahead of Englishman Michael Hoey (11-under through 10 on the Creek) and another WA player, Jason Scrivener (11-under through seven holes on the Beach course).
Overnight men’s leader Nick Flanagan is not due to tee off until 1.40pm but has already seen his 10-under score from Thursday overtaken. He will play on the Beach course this afternoon, with stronger winds forecast and the players likely to find the scoring a little more difficult.
American star Kim Kaufman has made a huge run in the women’s side, reaching 10-under overall through 10 holes on the Creek course to take the lead in that side of the tournament from Japan’s Haru Nomura at nine-under.
Overnight leader Felicity Johnson of England is hanging tough at eight-under through nine holes on the Beach course, even-par for the day.
Australian stars Lucas Herbert (seven-under) and Minjee Lee (1-under) are yet to begin their second rounds at the $3 million Open, co-sanctioned by the European and LPGA Tours.
8am: On the back of an extraordinary day of scoring that saw 76 per cent of the field shoot par or better, 13th Beach is preparing to bare its teeth on Tuesday at the ISPS Handa Vic Open.
The marquee group of Geoff Ogilvy, 2015 champion Matt Griffin and Spain's Jorge Campillo takes to the Creek Course this morning, Victorian Ogilvy hoping to wipe away the three-stoke deficit between he and overnight leader Nick Flanagan.
Women's overnight leader Flic Johnson will also take to the Creek course as she tries to extend her two-stroke buffer over the field.
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