Senior extends his advantage

MELBOURNE: A resurgent Peter Senior shot a seven-under-par 65 to extend his lead to five strokes after the second round of the Australian PGA championship yesterday. 

Senior, 44, had shared a one-stroke first round lead with Steve Collins on eight-under-par 64 and added another eight birdies and one bogey yesterday. 

Senior carded a 36-hole total of 15-under-par 129 to hold a five-shot advantage over fellow Australian Rod Pampling who had a 69 to be outright second on 10-under-par 134 at Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. 

Craig Parry with a 68, Nick O'Hern who also had a 68 and Peter O'Malley who shot a 67 were a further shot behind on nine-under-par 135 with New Zealander Gareth Paddison sixth on eight-under-par 136 after carding a 65. 

Collins had a 73 on Friday to slip to equal seventh on seven-under-par 137 with Australian Masters runner-up Adam Scott, who had a 69, and Australian Open champion Stephen Allan, who fired a 67. 

Senior, a former Australian Open, Australian Masters, Johnnie Walker Classic and Heineken Classic winner, is semi-retired from tournament play and last week's Australian Masters was his first event since May. 

Playing in his home state of Queensland this week, Senior says his short game is much stronger than earlier in his career.  

“I'm hitting the short stuff so good now. If I could have done it ages ago I could have won another dozen tournaments,” Senior told reporters. 

“I was really happy with the way I started (on Friday) and I thought I could birdie every hole.”  

BANGKOK: American Ted Purdy cemented his grip on the Volvo Masters of Asia with another scintillating round to open up a five-shot lead at the halfway stage here yesterday. 

The 30-year-old from Arizona fired a second round five-under-par 66 to lead what is the Asian PGA Tour's season-ending event by five strokes from Korean-Australian Unho Park, who also shot a 66. 

India's Jyoti Randhawa, Taiwan's Lin Keng-chi and Americans Jason Knutzon and Gary Rusnak are a stroke further back. 

Purdy, who has a two-round total on 14-under-par 128, started the day with a three-stroke lead and quickly settled into his stride. 

“I only missed two greens and I got up and down on those. I putted well and played well again,” said Purdy, who has gone two rounds without a bogey. 

The American made three birdies on the trot from the fourth, and birdied 11 and 12. – Agencies  

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