Thomas Bjorn tops the leaderboard at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, at the end of day 2.
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Thomas carded a second round -3 under par 68, to take sole possession of the top of the leaderboard at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on day two of the tournament at -8 under par. He said he was unhappy with parts of his game, especially the putting;
“There were a couple of things that happened on the golf course today that really tested me, I three-putted the first. I got caught a little bit there. I thought the greens were a lot firmer than they were early on and just got caught a bit there and then I patiently worked my way into the round and played solid. Maybe not quite as good as yesterday on the front nine but on the back nine I played awesome and just three-putted the green on 15, missed a very short putt there and then obviously the last. If you had asked me when the ball was in the air on the last I would have said you couldn’t have hit a better golf shot, so you have got to take that. You know, bounces go your way, and bounces go against you on this golf course, and maybe I was a bit unfortunate on the last.”
“That was obviously disappointing but I played some really, really good stuff on that back nine and I have got to take that with me. I set out this week saying that this is a 72-hole golf tournament and I’m not really wondering about what score I am shooting. When you step on a golf course likes this you have just got to be in awe of playing them because it just goes to show that all these big long golf courses that are being built today, it’s not really needed. This is as tricky as it comes and it’s a fairly short golf course so it’s a pleasure to play and, as I said, it’s fantastic and you are just in awe of it really. I love this place.”
Kevin Streelman is in second place at -7 under par after his second round of -2 under par 69, he parred his last three holes to put a three shot gap back to Australia’s Jason Day and Portugal’s Ricardo Santos in third at -4 under par.
In the team event Matt Kuchar’s -3 under par 68 took him and Kevin Streelman to -10 under par for the tournament, and puts them on course to retain the title he won in 2011 with Gary Woodland.
Thomas Björn and Thorbjørn Olesen, looking to give Denmark a first World Cup victory, are three back after the latter shot a +1 over par 72, and a further four shots back are Australia and Japan.