UNHERALDED Aussie golfer Marcus Fraser leads the 2011 Australian PGA Championship by two strokes at the mid-way point of the event.
Fraser, who spends much of the year on the European Tour, fired a 7-under 65 to finish the day on 11-under.
That put him two strokes clear of the much higher profile visitor Bubba Watson, who was ominously flexing his big-hitting muscles on the Hyatt Regency Coolum layout.
The American hit a 4-under 68 to be a stroke clear of Korean Presidents Cup Internationals team member KT Kim, whose 67 put him at eight under.
Then came fellow Korean YE Yang (68) and a clutch of Australians on 7-under, including John Senden (64), Adam Scott (67) and Robert Allenby (68).
The undoubted shot of the day came from Queenslander Senden who matched the hole-in-one by his playing partner Greg Chalmers on the second hole yesterday.
British Open winner Darren Clarke almost made it a trifecta when he hit the same pin with his tee shot.
The Northern Irishman could have done with the luck, though he still snuck into the weekend with his 1-over 73 putting him at 2-under for the tournament.
Other notables still in the hunt include Jason Day (69) and Stuart Appleby (68) on 6-under, Steven Bowditch (73) and Aaron Baddeley (72) on 5-under, Greg Chalmers (69) and Peter Fowler (69) on 4-under, and Greg Norman (69), Geoff Ogilvy (69) and Nick O’Hern (69) on 3-under.
Marque invite Rickie Fowler looked in trouble for a while but also made the weekend with his 73 putting him at 2-under.
Defending champion Peter Senior also finished with a 73 and made the cut at 1-under.
2011 Australian PGA Championship TV Times
Australian television coverage of the PGA Championship on the weekend will switch to the Ten Network, and here’s hoping the golf will be kind to viewers and restrict itself, at least in the closing stages, to the 12noon to 5pm scheduling.2011 Australian PGA Championship Live Leaderboard