DREAMCATCHER: Michael Long leads with one on the Australian Seniors PGA.
Michael Long is Living the Dream & # 39; at Richmond Golf Club after winning an incredible five under par 65 in round two of the Australian Seniors PGA Championship.
On a test afternoon with temperatures peaked in the high 30s, and the northwest wind that made big losses in the field of yardages, Long was sublime and made six birdies to take command of the tournament. A bogeyman on the last was the only blemish on what was an otherwise perfect day for the kiwi from Western Australia.
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"It was hard there," said Long. "It was not super hot, it was only 37, but the wind got up in the afternoon and made it difficult, you had to hold on to your guts." "" I am reasonably satisfied with the score.
Long will adopt an open attitude in the race tomorrow. He knows that there is enough talent close enough to make a move, and after having won last week knowing what is needed. Hunting him will be one of the big names of the Australian wave.
"I always think, just play it first and see where it goes from there, we're all competitive Peter Senior, Peter Lonard, David McKenzie
"You have to go out and take care of your game, so we'll just wait and see."
Although a second consecutive title after winning the Lincoln Place NSW Senior Open last week at Thurgoona would be a real sensation for Long, he is aware of what it means to pursue his personal goal – qualify for the 2019 Champions Tour
"Yes, there's the bigger picture end of the day, I'd really like a crack at the highest level, and I'll try it, I'll enjoy it, whatever happens.
"There are not many sports such as golf where you can reach the age of 50 and can do everything again.
"It feels fantastic, it's almost like I'm living the dream," he smiled.
RED FIGURES: Peter Senior fired a four under par 66 today
Pete defeats the heat to lead SNR PGA by two
Peter Senior has defeated the heat to take the lead halfway through round two of the Australian Seniors PGA Championship at Richmond Golf Club.
Under the suffocating circumstances, the 59-year-old has the round of the morning card, a four-under-par 66 two by two with about half of the field already in the back of the clubhouse.
Senior started his day spectacularly, his run in the foot of the flagstick on the first hole for an opening bird. Senior then added another four extra to the first nine to reach ten below the tournament.
An unfortunate bogey on the 10th stopped his march, and with a north-westerly wind that made life uncomfortable for the field, Senior had to knead hard to keep his nose in front. A birdie on the 16th brought him back to ten below, and a lead of three shots, which he consolidated with a clambering par of the trees at 17.
Ten under would have been the haunted number, but unusual for the Queenslander, a drawn approach on the 18th ended in the left side trap, and the resulting bogey saw the lead fall back to two.
Despite the last hole snafu, Senior was happy with the work of his day.
"I played pretty well at the start and the back nine would always be difficult in the wind," Senior said.
"I'm pretty disappointed about the finish, the bogey on the last one, it was just bad thinking."
Senior said with the greens drying out and the wind increased, conditions would be tough for the players in the afternoon. He knows he will be in the mix right away, on his way to the last round of tomorrow.
"The wind fell a little in the middle of my round, and now he is up," Senior said immediately after he had signed his card.
"The greens are drying out, and it's hard to get close to the hole there." ?? "I'll be in the mix, no matter what the other guys do for the rest of the afternoon, I will not be too far away."
From the other morning, competitors, David McKenzie, David Diaz and Tod Power all shot close to 67 & # 39; s, Mckenzie moved up to fourth place, while Power and Diaz went to 7th and 11th respectively. Peter Lonard scored an even par 70 and stayed in 7th place.
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