Published: Sat, February 10, 2018

Herbert shoots to steer at Perth golf occasion

Herbert shoots to steer at Perth golf occasion

Rumford denied he was getting an advantage from playing with Westwood ahead of a potential showdown in the six-hole match play on Sunday.

Paddison will tee off his third round from the 10th hole at 2.50pm NZT, while Fox will set off in the next group at 3pm.

His round of 78 included two bogeys and two double-bogeys.

The 33-year-old Meesawat went on a blistering run from the tenth and scoring three consecutive birdies, including a monster putt on the 12th.

Daniel Pearce and Josh Geary both finished at three-over, David Smail at five-over, Ben Campbell at seven-over and Michael Long at eight-over.

ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth defending champion Brett Rumford and former World Number 1 Lee Westwood are locked at the top of the leaderboard following the second round at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Westwood shot a two-under 70 in tricky winds to move to eight-under overall, alongside Rumford.

The early players had the best of conditions once again as those in the afternoon field endured strong winds that made birdies a rare commodity.

But an even par 72 was enough to maintain a share of the lead alongside England's Lee Westwood, the pair 8-under and holding a one-shot cushion over on a packed leaderboard.

Former Perth International victor Thorbjorn Olesen was the big mover on the day, going five under to get to seven under alongside big-hitting Victorian Lucas Herbert, Scot Grant Forrest and Thailand's Prom Meesawat. Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, shot 76, and he and Johnston were in danger of missing the cut.

"I'm happy to have signed for 72", Rumford said.

"It was right from the word go". It just hit you on the first tee, it was just bang, straight in your face.

"Every single hole looked different to yesterday, the way it played, your landing areas, everything. You really have to have your wits about you".

The top-eight players entering the final day earn a crucial bye in the first round of match play. Happy to be tied for the lead and obviously happy that I'm in that top eight. Speaking afterwards, Fung was happy with his performance as this is the third time he played in the same golf course, while praising the flawless condition in the morning which was less breezy and helped him to shoot a low score.

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