Surprise pair lead at Coolum

  • Last Updated: December 14 2012, 8:58 GMT

Daniel Popovic and Xin Jun Zhang are the two unlikely names at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway mark of the Australian PGA at Coolum.

Daniel Popovic: Has a share of the lead at halfway
Daniel Popovic: Has a share of the lead at halfway

Popovic, world ranked 1,251, added a 70 to the the opening 64 which had given him the first round lead and he was later joined at the top of the pile by world number 793 Zhang.

China's Zhang matched Popovic's 10-under total after a second successive 67 although he could have led outright but for a closing bogey.

Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy is the big name lurking just off the pace while the top 10 features plenty of other Australians who have plied their trade on the US Tour, along with 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke.

Ogilvy mixed six birdies and three bogeys in a round of 69 at the Queensland track and is now tied third, two shots back, alongside fellow Aussie Matthew Griffin (67).

Steven Bowditch, who recently came through US Tour School, shares fifth place with Mathew Goggin and Brad Kennedy on seven-under while Peter Senior, who, aged 53, won last week's Australian Open, is tied eighth with Rod Pampling.

Northern Irishman Clarke fired a 69 in round two and shares 10th with 10 others on five-under. They include three-time European Tour winner Richard Green and 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Marc Leishman.

Joint-leader Popovic said he was "stoked" to still be on top of the leaderboard, adding: "I can't get the smile off my face actually."

Ogilvy, meanwhile, agreed that his experience will stand him in good stead on the weekend. "It helps," he said. "Being on the first tee can be a scary place the first few times you are there on the weekend."

Collated second-round scores (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

134 Xin-jun Zhang (Chn) 67 67, Daniel Popovic (Aus) 64 70

136 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 67 69, Matthew Griffin (Aus) 69 67

137 Mathew Goggin (Aus) 71 66, Steven Bowditch (Aus) 70 67, Brad Kennedy (Aus) 69 68

138 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 71 67, Peter Senior (Aus) 68 70

139 Scott Strange (Aus) 66 73, Stephen Leaney (Aus) 69 70, Darren Clarke 70 69, Steve Conran (Aus) 69 70, Marc Leishman (Aus) 69 70, Matthew Millar (Aus) 73 66, Richard Green (Aus) 71 68, Jason Kang (Can) 70 69, Leigh Mckechnie (Aus) 70 69, Kurt Barnes (Aus) 74 65, Jamie Arnold (Aus) 71 68

140 Robert Allenby (Aus) 73 67, Stephen Dartnall (Aus) 68 72, Brendan Jones (Aus) 73 67, Heath Reed (Aus) 72 68, Bronson La'cassie (Aus) 69 71, Peter Fowler (Aus) 70 70, Cameron Percy (Aus) 70 70

141 Ryan Haller (Aus) 68 73, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 72 69, Anthony Brown (Aus) 73 68, Peter O'Malley (Aus) 73 68, Josh Geary (Nzl) 69 72, Adam Crawford (Aus) 70 71

142 Tze-huang Choo (Sin) 67 75, John Senden (Aus) 73 69, James Nitties (Aus) 70 72, Mark Brown (Nzl) 71 71, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 72 70

143 Aaron Townsend (Aus) 69 74, Jason Scriverner (Aus) 68 75, Brad Shilton (Nzl) 76 67, Nick Flanagan (Aus) 70 73, Michael Wright (Aus) 70 73, Jason Norris (Aus) 74 69, Nathan Green (Aus) 72 71, Alistair Presnell (Aus) 73 70, Craig Parry (Aus) 71 72, Joon woo Choi (Kor) 74 69

144 Yi Cao (Chn) 73 71, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 76 68, Andrew Martin (Aus) 73 71, Ju-hyuk Park (Kor) 77 67, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 70 74, Do-hoon Kim (Kor) 73 71, Hyo-won Park (Prk) 71 73, Alex Hawley (Aus) 72 72, David Bransdon (Aus) 73 71, Steven Jones (Aus) 70 74

145 Chris Campbell (Aus) 74 71, Nick Gillespie (Nzl) 72 73, Kurt Carlson (Aus) 76 69, Jake Higginbottom (Aus) 76 69, Michael Hendry (Nzl) 73 72, Peter Cooke (Aus) 70 75, Pravee Visalkit (Tha) 74 71, Xinyang Li (Chn) 72 73, Brendan Smith (Aus) 72 73, Gavin Flint (Aus) 70 75, Ashley Hall (Aus) 71 74, Paul Sheehan (Aus) 72 73, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 75

----------------------------The following players failed to make the cut-------------------

146 James Mclean (Aus) 73 73, Max Mccardle (Aus) 75 71, David Smail (Nzl) 71 75, Garrett Sapp (USA) 73 73, Marcus Cain (Aus) 72 74, Adam Bland (Aus) 69 77, Josh Younger (Aus) 76 70, Peter Wilson (Aus) 78 68, Rory Hie (Ina) 71 75

147 Scott Laycock (Aus) 72 75, Mahal Pearce (Nzl) 77 70, Ryan Fox (Nzl) 75 72, Kieran Pratt (Aus) 76 71, Michael Long (Nzl) 74 73, Matthew Stieger (Aus) 73 74, Terry Price (Aus) 74 73, Wen-yi Huang (Chn) 74 73, Scott Gardiner (Aus) 75 72

148 Tristan Lambert (Aus) 72 76, Clint Rice (Aus) 75 73, Mitchell Brown (Aus) 74 74, Anthony Summers (Aus) 71 77, Kim Felton (Aus) 74 74, Nick Cullen (Aus) 72 76

149 Ze-yu He (Chn) 78 71, Chris Gaunt (Aus) 71 78, Craig Hasthorpe (Aus) 74 75, Brent McCullough (Aus) 74 75, Rika Batibasaga (Aus) 76 73

150 Daniel Fox (Aus) 75 75, Aaron Pike (Aus) 72 78, Andrew Evans (Aus) 75 75, Simon Yates 78 72, Craig Hancock (Aus) 74 76, Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) 78 72, Jian Chen (Chn) 75 75, Michael Choi (Aus) 73 77

151 Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 75 76, Supravee Phatam (Tha) 82 69, Andre Stolz (Aus) 76 75, Michael Harwood (Aus) 76 75, Andrew Tschudin (Aus) 81 70, Stephen Allan (Aus) 72 79

152 Sang-hyun Park (Kor) 79 73, Min-jun Park (Prk) 78 74, David Mckendrick (USA) 77 75, Neven Basic (Aus) 80 72, Brody Ninyette (Aus) 79 73, Steven Jeffress (Aus) 74 78, Thomas Petersson (Swe) 78 74, Rohan Blizard (Aus) 74 78

153 Chris Wood 80 73, Matthew Guyatt (Aus) 71 82, Matthew Giles (Aus) 73 80, Peter Lonard (Aus) 75 78

154 Masaya Tomida (Jpn) 74 80, Henry Epstein (Aus) 76 78, Paul Spargo (Aus) 74 80, Hamish Robertson (Nzl) 77 77, James Carr (Aus) 74 80, Tim Hart (Aus) 79 75, Ryan Lynch (Aus) 76 78

155 Sung-hyuk Park (Prk) 78 77, Leigh Deagan (Aus) 77 78, Kalem Richardson (Aus) 76 79, Seong-jin Choi (Kor) 79 76

156 Nathan King (Aus) 80 76

157 Won Joon Lee (Aus) 78 79, Daxing Jin (Chn) 75 82, Da Quan (Chn) 80 77

158 David McKenzie (Aus) 77 81, Tanatchan Puaktes (Tha) 79 79, Joon-eob Son (Kor) 79 79, Doug Holloway (Nzl) 77 81

159 Damon Welsford (Aus) 81 78, Will Yanagisawa (USA) 81 78

160 Wisut Artjanawat (Tha) 77 83

162 Quinton Howe (Aus) 80 82, Chris Renouf (Aus) 79 83

164 Andrew Kelly (Aus) 82 82

WD: Brett Rankin (Aus) 83, Michael Curtain (Aus) 82

DQ: Brett Rumford (Aus) 71 76


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