Swede David Lingmerth says it feels “surreal” to be best of the Australian PGA Championship following two windswept rounds at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.
Lingmerth is one stroke clear, sitting on 3-under-par right after his 4-below 68 on Friday and sits atop a leaderboard largely dominated by internationals.
Backing up from his initial round effort on what he described as a “crazy” very first day, Lingmerth produced six birdies and appears to be one particular of couple of golfers with a good manage on the new-appear course and the windy conditions.
But the world number 49 mentioned he nevertheless did feel confident with six players just a single shot behind him at two-under.
“I know that I’ve won on the PGA Tour, almost certainly the strongest tour in the globe and I know I can do it,” Lingmerth said.
“Of course that gives me some self-confidence going into the weekend but at the same time, these are all players that can shoot seven, eight under, each rounds out there more than the weekend.
“I’m going to have to play quite nicely to win but I do feel like I ought to have a excellent shot.”
Lingmerth mentioned he was disappointed prime drawcard Brandt Snedeker failed to make the cut, the 34-year-old American crashing out with an awful 15-over-par for the tournament.
“I want to beat him actually bad … but you want to beat the ideal players at their very best, that is what offers you self-assurance and strength,” he mentioned.
The ideal-placed Australian is Canberra’s Matthew Millar, who is one of the six players tied for second along with South African pair Dylan Frittelli and Zander Lombard, Englishman Mark Foster, American Peter Uihlein and Spain’s Pablo Martin Benavides.
The day’s ideal functionality came from US-primarily based Aussie Rhein Gibson, the New South Welshman shooting a course record 8-beneath-par 64 to be two shots off the lead at 1-beneath.
Gibson set the course alight despite beginning with back-to-back bogeys but got it going on the ninth with the very first of his two eagles for the day as he went nine under via his final ten holes.
The course record just another day out for Gibson, the holder of a Guinness Planet Record for the greatest score ever recorded – a 16-below-par 55 he carded in an out-of-competition round with close friends in Oklahoma three years ago.
“To be in a position to do that on a Friday to make the cut and get back in contention, it’s most likely greater than a 55,” mentioned Gibson, level with four other individuals in eighth place.
Amongst these to miss the cut along with Snedeker included defending champion Greg Chalmers and Masters winner Peter Senior.
Pre-tournament favourite John Senden, who had a shocker on the greens and twice discovered the water in his 5-more than round, was fortunate to finish the round on the appropriate side of the reduce-line, but did so only just
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