A stunning albatross two on his final hole has rocketed Damien Jordan into contention at the Isuzu Queensland Open.
Jordan will start tomorrow’s third round five shots behind leader Michael Sim after successive rounds of 70 at The Brisbane Golf Club.
The 37-year old Queenslander made up an amazing four strokes on his final two holes (the par-4, eighth, and par-5, ninth) when he closed his round with birdie-albatross.
“I was leaking oil up until then and it was a great way to finish,’’ said Jordan.
“It is my first ever albatross … I hit an okay drive that chased down the left side of the fairway and went a bit further than I thought it would.
“I was 97 or 98 metres out and hit a sand-wedge which hit the flag and went in.’’
Jordan had made successive bogeys on the third and fourth holes and was battling to keep his round respectable before his spectacular finish.
A late starter in professional golf after an Army career which included two tours of Iraq, Jordan has played consistently this year with a win at the Victorian PGA Championship and top-10 finishes at the West Australian Open and PGA and Northern Territory PGA.
Players in the afternoon field struggled to make any impression on leader Michael Sim who shot a fine 66 after yesterday’s opening round 69. Sim will take a one stroke lead over New South Welshmen Troy Moses (68-68) and Ben Clementson (67-69).
A further stroke back is Kiwi Harry Bateman (67-70) who has a one shot advantage over South Australian Max McCardle (66-72) and Gold Coaster Kade McBride (66-72).
Former top amateur Ollie Goss played himself into contention with a 70 to be three-under for the tournament with first round leader Darren Beck who slumped to a 74 today.
Goss overcame a shaky start with bogeys on the second and third holes to bounce back with an eagle on nine then birdies on the 13th and 15th before dropping a shot on 16.
On a difficult day for scoring, the cut after 36 holes was made at five-over par.
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