Denzel Ieremia has scored the equal best round of the day of 6-under and is now in a tie for fourth place on 8 under after round two of the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney.
After a steady start on day one, Ieremia got onto the course early on day two, before the expected smoke haze arrived again, and took full advantage, not dropping a shot fro the entire round and matching that with six birdies.
As we publish this story, Ieremia is on 8-under tied with four other players including South African champion Louis Oosthuizen and just behind Dimitrios Papadatos and Paul Casey on 9 under and outright leader Matt Jones on 10-under.
Following on from his sixth place last week at the NSW open, Ieremia is enjoying the conditions in Sydney.
“Yeah, the last two days it’s been really nice scoring conditions,” Ieremia explained after his round.
“The greens are pretty soft and there’s not much wind. If you can hit it well off the tee, you’ve got a lot of wedges in.
“I’ve been playing good for pretty much the whole year, so it’s nice to be in a bit better position going into the weekend this time.
“It’s feeling good. It’s cool to play two good rounds and just see what we can do on the weekend.”
Fellow kiwi Mark Brown also had a stunning second round, also hitting a 65 and is two shots further back on 6-under. Fraser MacLachlan came home like a train with four birdies to finish with a 68 and go into the weekend at 5-under.
Ryan Chisnall had a better second round hitting a 67 to be 4-under for the tournament and Ryan Fox has done enough to make the cut with a 3-under today to go with his par yesterday.
For Denzel Ieremia he had a chance to take a share in the lead on the last but couldn’t manage it, leaving him with something to think about before round three starts tomorrow.
“That was a pretty makeable putt, it was pretty straight up the hill. I pulled it a little, but that’s golf.
“You miss some, you make some, so we’ll just roll with the punches.
“I just come out every day and just try and make as many birdies as I can and see what that adds up to in the end.
“I play pretty aggressively, I always have, so I’ll just stick to that.”
Play continues tomorrow.