Adam Scott easily moved into position at the top of the leaderboard at the Talisker Masters, but he is not alone, rookie professional Nathan Holman is keeping him company.
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Having finished as co-leader alongside Adam at the end of Friday’s play at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Nathan gets to play alongside his hero in the next round. They both finished the second day at -9 under par for the Talisker Masters tournament. Adam shot a -5 under par round while Nathan went one better, carding a -6 under par 65 for his second round.
Nathan said it will be awesome to play alongside the defending US and Talisker Masters Champion;
” It would be awesome to play with the Masters champion and just try and go head to head with him. Probably there will be nerves but I am ready to accept the challenge”
Nathan is playing in only his fifth Professional event, although in February he achieved his best result of the year to date, second place as an amateur at the Victorian Open, which the man from Melbourne still considers a missed opportunity;
“It hurt for a while. I mean I was so close and sort of controlled the tournament for the last day and just slipped at the very end. It hurt but I looked back and took positives out of it. At the early part of this year I planned to turn Pro for these events and I worked hard enough to make it happen. I have probably played better on tougher golf courses, more demanding golf courses and I think I have been able to rise to Professional golf which has been nice.”
Adam was just cruising, knowing pars would not hurt him;
“I had to just stay patient and realise that pars weren’t going to hurt me and I was going to get to some wedges and a short par five that was downwind today that I should create an opportunity for birdies. So I just kind of stayed patient and not get too frustrated. It feels like I just kind of plodded along and it wasn’t an exciting five under at all. It was just really steady stuff which is pleasing but, I feel like there is that round in me somewhere here soon where I can go low.”
Overnight leader Nick Cullen and his playing partner Matt Griffin, a good friend, finished neck and neck at the half way stage on the Talisker Masters leaderboard, both ending the round at -8 under par, sharing third place.
Matt was happy to be partnering Nick, again;
” Nick and I have played a lot of golf together the last few years after I won in Asia and we usually play well when we play together. I guess, when you are out there you pull each other along.”
Nick agreed, saying;
“I love playing with Griffo, we obviously play well together so if it works out that way I would love to have a weekend round with him.”
American drawcard Matt Kuchar finished in outright fifth position at -5 under par. Jarrod Lyle finished at + 1 over par, and was delighted to have made the cut in his first tournament back in action.
He spoke of tiredness, but showed true grit and determination;
“Last night I knew I had played 18 holes, the legs were a bit heavy. They were a little bit heavy again today, but if I have to crawl those last 18 holes, mate, I am crawling them. Nothing is going to stop me from finishing.”