Date: December 14, 2007

It’s birdie season in Sydney as Allenby shows lighter side

Birdies are running rampant at The Australian Golf Club today as Nick O&aposHern and Andrew Bonhomme lead a logjam of players at the top of the MFS Australian Open leaderboard. After a two-under 70 on Thursday, O&aposHern made his way through the field by going seven-under through the first 12 holes. The West Australian took advantage of the good scoring conditions to make his move in a so-far bogey free round. Bonhomme joins O&aposHern at nine-under after posting four birdies in a bogey-free round to date. Red numbers seem to be in vogue today as some spectacular numbers are posted on the leaderboard. James Nitties posted a superb six-under to be two off the pace, Kim Felton is also at seven-under after another solid round and veteran Craig Parry equalled the course record 64 with a flawless eight-under display. Meanwhile, Robert Allenby showed his lighter side at the much discussed &aposStadium Hole&apos. The good humoured Victorian sent the crowd into raptures when his tee shot on the par-three 11th found the green. Allenby then produced a pair of bright red ear-muffs from his golf bag and put them on as he strode to the green, playing up to the large crowd along the way. Although missing his birdie putt, Allenby tapped in for par before tossing his golf ball and latest fashion accessory into the masses who had gathered on the balcony of the Oakley marquee. The Victorian has moved to two-under on the day and seven-under overall, just two shots behind O&aposHern and Bonhomme. For live scores and updates, visit