Lingmerth snatches one-shot lead

Gold Coast, December 4

David Lingmerth reeled off six birdies in his first 12 holes to snatch a one-shot lead after the second round of the Australian PGA Championship today, while pre-tournament favourite Brandt Snedeker missed the cut by a whopping nine shots.

Swede Lingmerth shot a 68 in tricky conditions at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast to reach the halfway stage as the outright leader at three-under-par. Five players — England’s Mark Foster, South Africa’s Zander Lombard, Spain’s Pablo Martin Benavides, Australia’s Matthew Miller and American Peter Uihlein - were tied for second a shot further back.

Rhein Gibson shot a course-record 64 to join a group of six players at one-under. After a first round 79, Gibson slipped to nine-over after two holes but stormed up the leaderboard with five birdies and two eagles in his last 10 holes.

Snedeker, who has seven wins on the elite US PGA Tour, carded a 75, nine better than his first round.