Date: November 16, 2007

Jones leads Aussie charge in Japan

Brendan Jones is the best place Australian after two rounds of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki. Jones shot a three-under par round of 67 to move him up to four-under for the tournament and in a share of ninth place. Craig Parry was another Australian who impressed at the tournament, after his round of 66 shot him up the leaderboard to a share of 13th place, one shot behind Jones. But they are both chasing defending champion Padraig Harrington, who made a tap-in eagle at the final hole to take a share of the lead. Harrington struck a five-wood to inside three feet at the par-five 18th to card five-under-par 65 on another ideal day at Phoenix Country Club. The Open champion joined fellow European Ian Poulter (68) at seven-under 133, one stroke ahead of Finn Mikko Ilonen (65) and Japanese duo Shingo Katayama (67) and Daisuke Marayama (67). New Zealander David Smail is also still in contention after a two-under par round sees him equal with Parry four strokes off the lead. Of the other Australians at the tournament, Chris Campbell undid all his good work from the first round, when he shot a four-over par 74, leaving him even overall and in a tie for 30th. Paul Sheehan shot a solid 69, but is still six strokes adrift of the leading pack, while Wayne Perske (76) and Steven Conran (75) both had disappointing rounds that leaves them well off the pace. Harrington started slowly with a bogey at the second hole, and admitted his attitude was not the best until he received a stern rebuke from his caddie. “I was getting frustrated and losing patience,” he said. “My caddie had a stern talk with me. He was at pains to point out that we had only played 22 holes and there were 50 holes to go.” “After that I made some birdies, got right into the thick of things.”