Golf: Leishman storms to Australian PGA lead

Gold Coast, Australia :In-form Australian Marc Leishman fired seven-under-par 67 to storm to a share of the lead of the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast on Friday. Leishman, who this week won the Greg Norman Medal for the Australian golfer of the year, started the second round one shot behind overnight leaders Adam Bland and Jordan Zunic. But his sizzling second round ensured he would finish the day at 12 under par alongside Bland, who fired a second consecutive six-under 66 at par-72 Royal Pines. Two-time champion Greg Chalmers was two shots further back on 10 under, one ahead of Zunic, Cameron Smith and Rhein Gibson. US Masters champion Sergio Garcia fired a one-under 71 to close at six under but Adam Scott, who won the green jacket in 2013, struggled all day and missed the cut by two shots after finishing at one over. Leishman, who won the biggest tournament of his career at the BMW Championship in September, began his round with three consecutive birdies, and despite two bogeys on the back nine, he fired four more birdies and an eagle. “I was striking the ball well and thought I would be pretty aggressive all day, especially after birdieing the first couple of holes,” Leishman said. “When you’re on a run like that and playing well, you sort of can afford to be aggressive.

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