Queensland Open glory up to the best at Brookwater
FIVE players are tied for the lead after the second round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
Three-time European Tour winner Peter O'Malley is joined by overnight leader Josh Younger, Queenslander Marcus Cain, New Zealander Pieter Zwart and Korean Jun Seok Lee at the top of the leaderboard on two-under the card.
O'Malley used his years of experience to take advantage of the challenging layout in tough wind condition shooting a one-under 71.
"I hit a lot of good shots today which is pleasing considering the amount of golf I have played recently,'' said O'Malley who is coming back after knee surgery.
"You can shoot good scores out there but you can't get away with hitting a bad shot. You have to continue that for four days so there won't be that many under par after four rounds.''
Having a genuine chance to claim his first Queensland Open title, O'Malley is happy to be contending at 48 years of age.
"Visually this place suits my eye,'' O'Malley said. "It's not a course where you do think you will make a lot of birdies so you just have to minimise the mistakes.
"It's a course where length is not a huge advantage - we go to some courses these days and I know that I can't contend.
"But I look around here and it's the sort of course where I can work my way around and be in contention.''
At the other end of his career, Jun Seok Lee flew under the radar for his two-under 70 round on a course where he feels at home.
"I teed off on the 10th and started with a bogey which made me a bit nervous but I bounced back with a birdie and then just tried to play smart and not make any doubles,'' Lee said.
Lee gained his status on the PGA Tour of Australasia via qualifying school this year.
"Brookwater is similar to the courses I am used to playing in Asia, it's very tight and has a lot of ups and downs so I felt comfortable out there,'' he said.
New Zealand Open champion Jake Higginbottom had the round of the day, firing a four-under 68 to move back into contention at even par.
At the conclusion of the second round, New Zealander Ryan Fox was the only player, other than the tournament leaders to be under par. He sits in outright sixth on the leaderboard at one-under the card.
Overnight leader Tom Bond struggled in the conditions, finishing with an eight-over 80 to be three-over the card for the tournament and six off the lead.
Other big casualties included Kim Felton, Stephen Leaney and local Michael Wright who all failed to make the weekend rounds with the cut made at seven-over par.
Making it through to the third round were 56 professionals and eight amateurs.
The third round will tee off at 8.40am today, with the leaders on course at 10.30am.