Steely drive ... Matthew Guyatt tees off on the 16th at Kingston Heath. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
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Rank outsider Matthew Guyatt enters the business end of the 2012 Australian Masters in the outright lead but with a handful of seasoned big tournament performers within striking distance.
Queenslander Guyatt (10-under) is the man to catch after the 37-year-old followed his sizzling opening round of 65 with a composed 69 at Kingston Heath on Friday.
Guyatt has a two-shot suffer from fellow longshot Michael Hendry, of New Zealand, but tournament drawcards Adam Scott (seven-under) and Ian Poulter (five-under) loom large heading into the third round.
Australian Matthew Millar was the player of the day after a five-under 67. But Guyatt, Hendry and Australia's David Bransdon did little wrong, all firing 69s with the pick becoming increasingly blustery in the afternoon.
Guyatt was basking in the unexpected spotlight of the outright leadership at the midway point, but was well aware of the work ahead of him.
"It's hard to miss it especially standing on 18 there and your name's in red down the bottom and you're leading. Yeah, it's a cool feeling and that's what everyone teeing up this week wants to be, they all want to be in my position right now," he said.
"I don't know how it's going to be tomorrow when I stand on the tee, I know I'm going to be nervous, there's no doubt about that, I'm not going to say I'm not because I will be. But it's about hopefully having the routine and all the work we've done on my routine and having that hold me in good stead so that I can pull the trigger and really be able to deal with whatever outcome comes."
Ryder Cup hero Poulter had an even-par 72 after his opening 67.
Matthew Guyatt -10 (65,69)
Michael Hendry -8 (67,69)
Adam Scott -7 (67,70)
Ian Poulter -5 (67,72)
Craig Hancock -5 (68, 71)
David Bransdon -4 (71,69)
Matthew Millar -4 (73,67)
Paul Gow -3 (68,73)
5.14pm - World No.5 and tournament drawcard Adam Scott is just three shots off the lead heading into the weekend action at the 2012 Australian Masters.
A steady second round of 70 sees the Australian near the top of the leaderboard at seven-under overall. Tournament long shot Matthew Guyatt has been setting the pace and followed his opening round 65 with a composed 69.
Robert Allenby is enduring a forgettable second round, slumping to five-over overall with one hole to play.
Rank outsider Matthew Guyatt is poised to assume leadership of the 2012 Australian Masters at the halfway point after a second round 69 followed his opening 65.
Guyatt (10-under) holds a two-shot lead from New Zealander Michael Hendry with Adam Scott one shot further back. Scott has two more holes to close the gap on Guyatt.
Australian Matthew Millar was one of the main movers on the second day after a five-under 67 in blustery conditions at Kingston Heath.
Scott is two-under for the day through 16 holes after birdies on the 1st, 7th, 8th and 14th holes. He also notched bogeys on the 2nd and the par-three 15th.
Australia's Adam Scott continues to threaten the leaders during his second round of the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath.
The world No.5 is just three shots off the pace through 13 holes after birdies at the seventh and eighth moved him up to seven-under overall.
Australian Matthew Guyatt (10-under) is the clubhouse leader after his early morning tee-time. The tournament longshot followed his sizzling opening round 65 with a second round 69. A double-bogey and bogey on his back nine failed to disrail his tournament.
His overwhelming feeling was relief.
"You see it plenty of times before where guys shoot real low numbers and go backwards the next day. I guess there's a little relief that I'm in the clubhouse and I've had another good day and I know that I'm not going to be too far off the lead by the end of the day I wouldn't think," said Guyatt.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is well down the leaderboard midway through his topsy-turvy second round at Kingston Heath.
One of the pre-tournament drawcards, McDowell is two-over for his round through 10 holes and one-over overall, 11 shots behind clubhouse leader Australian Matthew Guyatt.
McDowell nailed an eagle on the opening hole and a birdie on the 2nd to raise eyebrows but three bogeys and a double-bogey quicked to the 10th have stopped his charge.
Australia's Adam Scott has closed to within three shots of the Australian Masters lead after back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th holes at Kingston Heath.
Scott opened his second round with a birdie at the par five 1st before dropping a shot at the next hole.
He fired a five-under 67 on the opening day and has now moved to seven-under overall, tied for third overall behind Australian Matthew Guyatt (10-under), New Zealand's Michael Hendry (eight-under) and Australian Craig Hancock (seven-under through nine holes)
A pair of three-under par 69s from Australian Matthew Guyatt and New Zealander Michael Hendry sees them holding down the top two spots on the leaderboard on day two of the Australian Masters.
Guyatt followed his opening round 65 with another sub-70 round to move to the outright lead at 10-under with Hendry hot on his heels two shots further back.
The par-five 12th proved a tough obstable for both players, Guyatt slumping to a bogey bogey and Hendry signing for a bogey.
But the Kiwi recovered from that point, notching birdies on the 14th and 16th to keep the pressure up on Guyatt, who started the day as the overnight leader.
England's Ian Poulter is within striking distance of the lead midway through his Australian Masters tournament at Kingston Heath.
Europe's Ryder Cup hero is in the clubhouse after an even-par 72, leaving him at five-under overall and five shots back from overnight leader Matthew Guyatt.
After his opening round 65, Poulter went out with two birdies and two bogeys on the opening nine and came home with one birdie and one bogey to be tied for fourth heading into the weekend.
Overnight leader Matthew Guyatt has fired a three-under par 69 to race into strong contention to be the midway leader of the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath.
The little-known Australian was the bolter with a 65 on the opening day and continued his good form on Friday, racing to 11-under overall through nine holes before dropping a shot on his closing nine holes.
After birdies on the 3rd, 4th, 7th and 9th, Guyatt slumped on the par-fives on the back nine, including a double-bogey seven on the par-five 12th and a bogey on the 14th.
Tournament drawcard Ian Poulter has bogeyed the 4th at Kingston Heath to drop to four-under overall through 13 holes of his second round at the Australian Masters.
The Ryder Cup hero is now six shots behind tournament leader Matthew Guyatt, who is close to finishing his round, out in front at 10-under with one hole to play.
Guyatt, a relative unknown on the tour, is being challenged for the lead by New Zealander Michel Hendry, eight-under overall through 12 holes of his second round.
Australian Adam Scott fired a five-under 67 on the opening day and begins his second round shortly after midday.
Matthew Guyatt is still out in front, but it is another unknown - New Zealander Michael Hendry - who is going it alone in the chase down.
Hendry began day two equal second with top drawcards Ian Poulter and Adam Scott at five-under, but the 33-year-old has managed to break free in the pursuit of Guyatt, moving to within one shot of the Queenslander.
Adam Scott hits out of the bunker on the 11th at Kingston Heath. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Had it not been for a bogey on his third hole, Hendry would own a share of the lead, having rolled in four birdies to go from five-under after the first round to eight-under through 10 holes today.
Guyatt had led by as many as five shots when he turned into the back nine at 11-under, but a double bogey on the par 5 12th and another bogey two holes later has brought the 37-year-old back to nine-under after 15 holes.
That score is still four shots ahead of Poulter, who remains on his overnight score of five-under, with the Ryder Cup hero battling to get under par on holes and conditions proving more difficult than the perfect set on offer yesterday.
Matthew Guyatt on the 14th, where he notched a bogey. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Playing partner Stuart Appleby has managed to fight back to even par after 11 holes as he attempts to avoid the cut.
Scott, equal second at five-under, will begin his second round at 12.10pm, beside 2010 US Open winner McDowell, who finished yesterday at one-under.