Tournament: Fortinet Australian PGA Championship
DP World Tour Rankings: Tournament 1 of 39 events
Venue: Royal Queensland GC, Brisbane, Australia
Prize Fund: AU$2,000,000
Hashtag: #AusPGA #DPWT

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Round Two Report

Jason Scrivener leads the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship by one shot at the halfway stage after firing a flawless 67 on day two.

First-round co-leader Scrivener started from the tenth tee early on Friday morning and made one birdie on his front nine before picking up three further shots after the turn to head into the clubhouse on ten under par.

None of the later starters were able to catch the 33-year-old Australian, with countryman Cameron Smith his nearest challenger on nine under after his 65.
Scrivener, who is searching for his maiden DP World Tour triumph, came into the second round tied alongside John Lyras and Min Woo Lee at the summit after kicking off his 2023 campaign with a 65 on Thursday.

He made slow but steady progress early on Friday, birdieing the 12th before parring the next six holes. Scrivener broke that run of pars with a birdie at the first before picking up another shot on the par-three fourth. He then took advantage of the long seventh to sign for a superb 67.

Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura and Australia’s Cameron John were in a tie for third one shot further back. Adrian Meronk, Alejandro Cañizares, Denzel Ieremia, Anthony Quayle and Yan Wei Liu shared fifth place on seven under.

Player Quotes

Jason Scrivener: “Quite different the two days really. Yesterday it was pretty stress-free and I hit the ball tee to green really well. Today it was a little scrappier, got away with a few things and scrambled well. All in all, pretty happy with it.

“Actually, it was a pretty average year by my standards I would say. I just struggled on Sundays as well. I put myself into decent positions but just couldn’t put the finishing touches on the tournaments a lot of the times. It’s kind of nice to start fresh here this week, a new season and looking forward to the 2023 season.

“It’s an approach play course, which is my strength. Obviously not the longest off the tee, but I feel like I can plot my way into the greens and be smart and then let the putter do its work.
I’ll just do what I’ve done the last two days really. I think you’ve got to be pretty patient out there; pick your places to be aggressive and then other times you’ve got to be pretty conservative. So, I’ll stick to the same plan.

“No, I wouldn’t change anything, I just think it took its toll. After I missed my card in the States, it was a bit of a let down and then I probably played too much at the back end of the season trying to chase it. But I think given there are ten PGA TOUR cards in Europe it’s a big incentive, so I’m going to focus on that and try and get one of those.”

Cameron Smith: “I think just all day was pretty good to be honest. I only had a couple of bogeys, both on par threes, which isn’t really a good sign most of the time, but I felt as though I hit my driver as best as I’ve hit it for a very long time, so it was nice to do that. It gives me a little bit of confidence going into the weekend.

“Yeah, I’ve played with him (Scrivener) a fair bit in kind of amateur, junior days. I haven’t played with him a lot recently, him being over in Europe and obviously me in the US. I’ve played a couple of practice rounds with him at one of the Majors this year, I’m not sure. He’s a good player.”

Cameron John: “I mean, I hit the ball amazing yesterday and I didn’t really hole any putts. Then I hit the ball amazing today and instead of hitting it to 10 feet, there was just five or six times where I hit it to three or four and I was like, can’t miss that, so that’s good. But yeah, I just kept rolling on from what I was doing.  I feel like I’m moving pretty well and keep hitting good shots.

“I’ve had a lot of experience playing high-level golf tournaments and being up near the lead.  Definitely, the more and more you put yourself in contention, it gets easier but it’s still not easy.  It’s going to be a nice effort to go to sleep tonight.”

Adrian Meronk: “I played pretty well again, hit many good shots. I love the place, love the course so I’m happy with my position going into the weekend.

“Yeah, for sure, for sure. I hit so many good shots yesterday. I didn’t hole anything. I holed a little bit more today, but still I feel like I left a couple of putts out there, but progressing in the right direction, so that’s a good thing.

“I felt like my game was pretty good last week, so I just wanted to keep going to start the new season well, to put some points on the board.  So that was the main reason, plus, I like Australia. I really enjoy my time here.”

Round Two Scores

 132 J SCRIVENER (AUS) 65 67, 
 133 C SMITH (AUS) 68 65, 
 134 M KAWAMURA (JPN) 68 66, C JOHN (AUS) 69 65, 
 135 A MERONK (POL) 68 67, A QUAYLE (AUS) 66 69, D IEREMIA (NZL) 67 68, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 69 66, Y LIU (CHN) 67 68, 
 136 D MICHELUZZI (AUS) 68 68, B KENNEDY (AUS) 66 70, D HILLIER (NZL) 69 67, J MCLEOD (AUS) 70 66, M ANTCLIFF (AUS) 67 69, 
 137 R HISATSUNE (JPN) 67 70, J LYRAS (AUS) 65 72, 
 138 M LEE (AUS) 65 73, S HEND (AUS) 70 68, T SINNOTT (AUS) 68 70, C MCKINNEY (AUS) 71 67, S EAVES (AUS) 71 67, A SCOTT (AUS) 66 72, C LEE (KOR) 68 70, 
 139 T KANAYA (JPN) 72 67, C WOOD (AUS) 68 71, A BLAND (AUS) 69 70, N BARBIERI (AUS) 68 71, N H?JGAARD (DEN) 68 71, J FELTON (AUS) 69 70, D ACKERMAN (USA) 70 69, T POWER HORAN (AUS) 68 71, N VOKE (NZL) 71 68, 
 140 G OGILVY (AUS) 68 72, G CHALMERS (AUS) 71 69, J MUNRO (AUS) 70 70, H HOPEWELL (AUS) 71 69, J ARNOLD (AUS) 71 69, A GARCIA-HEREDIA (ESP) 68 72, C CRAWFORD (AUS) 69 71, 
 141 M LEISHMAN (AUS) 69 72, J PARRY (ENG) 71 70, G WIEBE (USA) 69 72, M SIM (AUS) 70 71, J ZUNIC (AUS) 70 71, E SMYLIE (AUS) 70 71, D KLEIN (AUS) 70 71, B COLLYER (AUS) 71 70, N FLANAGAN (AUS) 71 70, S ALLAN (AUS) 69 72, 
 142 M FRASER (AUS) 72 70, T LEWIS (ENG) 71 71, P PINEAU (FRA) 67 75, J WANG (KOR) 66 76, P COOKE (AUS) 66 76, J WARREN (AUS) 70 72, H ENDYCOTT (AUS) 73 69, J THOMPSON (AUS) 72 70, J GEARY (NZL) 74 68, K MCBRIDE (AUS) 71 71, L HIGGINS (AUS) 70 72, S BRAZEL (AUS) 69 73, 
 143 D BRANSDON (AUS) 75 68, D LAWSON (AUS) 69 74, A PIKE (AUS) 70 73, A MARTIN (AUS) 71 72, S ARNOLD (AUS) 75 68, P WILSON (AUS) 71 72, C DANN (AUS) 73 70, C DAVIS (AUS) 70 73, A WILKIN (AUS) 71 72, H CROWE (AM) (AUS) 71 72, T SMYTH (AUS) 70 73, W ORMSBY (AUS) 72 71, M GRIFFIN (AUS) 70 73, L JOHNSTON (SCO) 69 74, S STRANGE (AUS) 69 74, R BLIZARD (AUS) 70 73, 
 144 B WINDRED (AUS) 73 71, L TIGHE (AUS) 71 73, D HOWELL (ENG) 70 74, L FLYNN (AUS) 70 74, J NORRIS (AUS) 70 74, K BITTLE (NZL) 70 74, L CURTIS (AUS) 74 70, J MORGAN (AUS) 70 74, R H?JGAARD (DEN) 69 75, B COLETTA (AUS) 74 70, A EVANS (AUS) 72 72, J ARMSTRONG (AUS) 75 69, O FARR (WAL) 70 74, 
 145 D GALE (AUS) 70 75, C BARROW (ENG) 72 73, B FOWLER (AUS) 71 74, H BATEMAN (NZL) 70 75, D BRERETON (AUS) 72 73, 
 146 D HORSEY (ENG) 71 75, M MILLAR (AUS) 72 74, J CARTER (AUS) 72 74, R FOX (NZL) 72 74, B RUMFORD (AUS) 74 72, B BECKER (AUS) 72 74, L DOBBELAAR (AUS) 73 73, M JORDAN (ENG) 76 70, D LOYPUR (AUS) 75 71, J MULLANEY (AUS) 71 75, B WHARTON (AUS) 70 76, H BARRON (AUS) 74 72, A BLYTH (AUS) 73 73, B PROVERBS (AUS) 70 76, 
 147 A BAUTISTA (AUS) 73 74, P LONARD (AUS) 76 71, R MCEVOY (ENG) 72 75, M WRIGHT (AUS) 70 77, M STIEGER (AUS) 77 70, J BUGDALSKI (AUS) 74 73, A STOLZ (AUS) 73 74, M SMITH (AUS) 73 74, D BLING (USA) 76 71, Z MURRAY (AUS) 72 75, B RANKIN (AUS) 74 73, P FOWLER (AUS) 72 75, L BROWN (NZL) 74 73, 
 148 D PAPADATOS (AUS) 75 73, D BECK (AUS) 71 77, S WOOLS COBB (AUS) 75 73, T HART (AUS) 73 75, S JEFFRESS (AUS) 72 76, 
 149 A PAVAN (ITA) 75 74, W HEFFERNAN (AUS) 75 74, L BARKER (AUS) 76 73, J MARCHESANI (AUS) 77 72, J HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 70 79, R CHISNALL (NZL) 74 75, J GRIERSON (AUS) 72 77, L TOOMEY (NZL) 73 76, S HAWKES (AUS) 74 75, T KING (AUS) 73 76, J MEE (AUS) 70 79, 
 150 K REITAN (NOR) 75 75, P O’MALLEY (AUS) 72 78, D O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) 76 74, J CRIPPS (AUS) 71 79, 
 151 V MEYER (GER) 75 76, M MCCARDLE (AUS) 77 74, A HALL (AUS) 75 76, B CAMPBELL (AUS) 78 73, E DONOGHUE (AUS) 71 80, 
 152 A CAMPBELL (AUS) 77 75, K MUIR (NZL) 71 81, C CRABTREE (AUS) 72 80, A DIDONE (AUS) 75 77, Z GARCIA (AUS) 70 82, 
 153 M HUTSON (NZL) 76 77, 
 154 B ECCLES (AUS) 77 77, 
 162 J MACKENZIE (AUS) 82 80, 
 **
 OUT L HERBERT (AUS) 72 RT,