Date: December 07, 2012
Author: Golf Australia

Live Action Blog – Friday, Second Round

As it happens: will blog all of the action, as it happens, on every day of the 2012 Emirates Australian Open. 5:57pm – Friday December 7 Nick Cullen keeps himself in contention for the lead with a birdie on the 16th to hold at 4-under with one hole to play. Front runners in the clubhouse from the big afternoon groups are John Senden (5-under), Justin Rose (3-under) and Gareth Paddison (3-under). Adam Scott will play on the weekend, finishing 1-under with a 71 today, and American Kyle Stanley also finished 1-under. ==== 4:30pm – Friday December 7 An hour or so ago, Justin Rose was the outright leader here at The Lakes but he has dropped down to equal 5th at 3-under. However the story is fast becoming Golf Australia rookie list member Nick Cullen. Cullen has 3 birdies today in his 2-under round with six holes to play. To learn more about Nick – check out his profile on the Golf Australia website. Can the 28 year old from The Grange Golf Club in South Australia narrow Marcus Fraser&aposs lead by the end of Round 2? PS. John Senden just dropped another shot on the 16th and is now equal 3rd with Cullen. Keep track of the latest movers in Round 2 by downloading the Official Emirates Australian Open iPhone App here ==== 3:50pm – Friday December 7 Can Tom Watson make the cut? He shot a 4-under 68 today, and sits at 2-over for the tournament… right now that places him tied for 48th. Join in the conversation via our Social Hub. ==== 3:00pm – Friday December 7 Marcus Fraser&aposs press conference is now available on our video page – what did the clubhouse leader in Round 2 have to say? And make sure you read Martin Blake&aposs story on Fraser&aposs second round here. Follow all the scores by downloading the Official Emirates Australian Open iPhone App here. ==== 1:55pm – Friday December 7 John Senden and Justin Rose are back into a share of the lead with this morning&aposs big mover Marcus Fraser at 6-under. Senden birdied the 7th and Rose the 6th – leaving Fraser to rue a bogey on his final hole (the 9th) which could have seen him enter the clubhouse at 7-under. Follow all the scores by downloading the Official Emirates Australian Open iPhone App here. For more on the movers this morning – check out our halfway Home Summary published at 1pm. ==== 1:15pm – Friday December 7 Current leader Marcus Fraser says that despite his hectic schedule over the past month he would never contemplate missing his home tournament. “It&aposs been a pretty full on year, I feel like I&aposve had a good year in Europe,” Fraser told a media conference following his -3 second round at The Lakes. “My schedule was busy, and I couldn&apost miss the tournaments I&aposve played in, and I never want to miss the Aussie Open.” Fraser put his second round success down to the ace he hit on the 15th in the first round, saying it was the confidence boost he needed. “The four birdies leaving into it were pretty nice as well, but I felt it turned me right around for the tournament,” he said. “I haven&apost played well here before, but I put that down to putting too much pressure on myself. I feel like I&aposm going with the flow a bit (this week)”. Joint-leader John Senden dropped then regained a shot to stay level with Fraser after four holes of his second round. ==== 12:00pm – Friday December 7 It&aposs all happening here at The Lakes. Paul Spargo got into a real groove to jump into equal first with Marcus Fraser and John Senden, before a bogey on the 1st saw him fall back into the chasing pack, equal third. Speaking of Fraser and Senden, the former sits in outright 1st (-7) thru 16, while the latter is about to tee off. There could be plenty of movement at the top ahead of us this afternoon. ==== 11:25am – Friday December 7 Marcus Fraser (-5) drops a shot on the 3rd to slip to second overall. Rory Hie (-4) is one of the day&aposs biggest movers. Starting at +1, six birdies thru 16 has seen him shoot to equal third with six other players. ==== 10:55am – Friday December 7 Marcus Fraser is still level with John Senden at -6 through 11, Amateur Tianlang Guan has had a much better start to Round 2, currently at +8 (-2 for the day), with three birdies in his first 13 holes. Brendan Jones remains well in contention, with a birdie on the 1st bringing him back to even for the round, and -4 for the tournament. Remember to download the Official Emirates Australian Open app today for all the latest from The Lakes. ==== 10:15am – Friday December 7 Marcus Fraser has enjoyed the pristine conditions this morning, climbing to equal first, with three birdies after his first nine holes. He joins John Senden at 6-under par, with the overnight leader to tee off at midday. Brendan Jones double bogeyed the 16th to fall back to equal 8th at 3-under par, while a vintage performance from Tom Watson has seen the American shoot four birdies thru nine to move to +2, with an impressive 4-under par for the day thus far. ==== 9:30am – Friday December 7 Brendan Jones and Marcus Fraser have moved to -5 under in a tie for second after both players birdied the par 5 14th. Fraser, the hole-in-one hero from Round 1, also birdied the 13th as he charges towards leader John Senden (who will tee-off at midday). Timothy Wood has biridied the first two holes of his round to move into a tie for fourth at -4, while Kurt Barnes (-2) and Steven Jones (-3) have jumped up the leaderboard with good starts to their second rounds. Make sure you check out the live scores for the latest moves up the leaderboard. ==== 8:25am – Friday December 7 Brendan Jones has made the first move of Round Two, with a birdie on the 11th (his 2nd hole) moving him into outright 2nd at -5, just a shot back from leader John Senden. Indonesian Rory Hie has been the big mover however, with three birdies in his first five holes to jump to a tie for 11th at -2. To get all the latest updates, download the Official Emirates Australian Open app today. ==== 7:03am – Friday December 7 We&aposre underway in the second round of the 2012 Emirates Australian Open. It&aposs an overcast day here at The Lakes, but that hasn&apost stopped the crowds from making their way to the course. Brendan Jones is the first of our chasing group to tee off today (7.40am). Tied with Jones at four-under par are: Kim Felton (11.45am), Justin Rose (12.10pm), Gareth Paddison (12.30pm), and Richard Green (1.00pm), while current leader John Senden will be out to continue his good form from midday. Remember to get all the latest updates, download the Official Emirates Australian Open app today, and don&apost forget to join in the conversation via our Social Hub.