GEOFF OGILVY leads the Australian Open after a commanding second round performance at The Lakes Golf Club today.
Ogilvy shot a 7 under 65 to finish at 12 under for the tournament, one ahead of fellow US Tour player Matt Jones who shot a course record eight-under in tough afternoon conditions.
Out early in the morning, Ogilvy made the most of the perfect conditions and helped himself to seven birdies.
First round leader Matt Griffin is a further shot back at nine-under while American Dudley Hart shares fourth position with 2006 Australian Open Champion John Senden.
Ogilvy attributed his return to form to some much needed time off over the last two months.
“It’s a tournament we all want to win as Australians,” Ogilvy said of the national championship.
“I played really well for the score I had today. If I keep playing like that I’m sure I’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Ogilvy’s playing partner, defending champion Adam Scott, hit back after his putting really let him down in the first round.
Scott shot a six under 66 to finish the day at 3 under with share of 16th place.
Tournament drawcard Greg Norman also made a significant move in the right direction with an impressive three-under 69 to finish at minus-one through 36 holes.
The Shark made the turn in three-under 32 and mixed two bogeys with two birdies on the inward half to make the cut by two shots.
JB Were Masters Champion Stuart Appleby struggled to a five-over 77 but produced a birdie at the penultimate hole to make the cut on the number at plus-one.
The news was not quite so good for John Daly (77), Aaron Baddeley (75) and Fred Couples (74), who all missed the cut by a solitary shot after falling victim to the tricky afternoon conditions.
Lakes member and NSW Open champion Peter O’Malley is among five players at minus-five alongside NSW PGA winner Steven Bowditch who recorded a 69.
Isolated showers and 15kmh north-east winds are expected to greet the players with temperatures expected to top 24 degrees on Saturday.