Gates leads as Scott and Daly falter

Bobby Gates leads after round two of the Australian PGA Championship, while a few big names missed the cut.

Bobby Gates took a one-shot lead at the Australian PGA Championship on a windy day that saw both Adam Scott and John Daly miss the cut.

Gates, who is in the running for the Australasian PGA Tour Order of Merit crown, followed up his first-round 64 with a much more erratic 69 that included an eagle and four bogeys.

Gates admitted that the wind made for tough going at times.

“It was tough this morning, I kind of misjudged the wind on a few shots but we battled back and on the back nine it was playing a little tougher,” he said, after carding three birdies and three bogeys on his front nine before coming home with two more birdies and an eagle.

“The wind has changed and I think it might be a little tougher this afternoon than it was yesterday afternoon, so I think I got the good end of the draw and I tried to make the most of it today.

“I don’t know if you ever get used to it (leading overnight) but there’s still a lot of golf, those guys out there are pretty good so we’ll just wait and see and relax this afternoon and if I have to sleep on it I’ll sleep on it,” he said.

China’s No. 1 golfer Liang Wen-Chong (68) is tied for second place with 2006 Australian Open Champion John Senden, who’s 65 was one of the best rounds of the day. Aaron Townsend (67) is alone in fourth, while veterans Peter Fowler (70) and Andre Stolz (69) are tied a further shot back.

Second-placed Senden made hay while the sun shone, including a run of four birdies in five holes, before the winds picked up and made things a lot tougher for the afternoon starters.

Adam Scott was one of those, and found the conditions too much to deal with, carding a 75 that saw him miss the cut. It’s a disappointing result for the Australian, who’s game has been showing signs of revival of late.

Big-hitting John Daly also missed his second successive cut in Australia by posting an awful 11-over 83 after having posted a solid 1-under 71 in the first round.

The slimmed down Daly, most famous these days for his bright, eye-catching golf apparel, saw his round go up in smoke when he ran into three double bogeys and a triple, and knew there was no way back on a Coolum course that has never been his cup of tea.