Reed on fire at Coolum

BENDIGO golfer Heath Reed produced his best round of the summer yesterday to fire him into contention for the PGA Championship at Coolum in Queensland.

After starting the day at even par, Reed fired five birdies and one bogey to score four-under.

While still six shots off co-leaders Daniel Popovic and Xin Jun Zhang, who are 10-under, Reed goes into tomorrow’s third round tied for 21st position.

Playing for a spot at next year’s Australian majors, Reed gave himself the best chance of moving up the order of merit yesterday.

Meanwhile, fellow Bendigo golfer Andrew Martin will also be in action this weekend after his one-under par round today was enough to see him tied for 49th position at the halfway mark.

A little less consistent than Reed, Martin shot three birdies and two bogeys to be one-under for the tournament.

Martin will tee off at 10.14 this morning with Rory Sabbatini and Terry Pilkadaris, while Reed tees off at 9.41 with Stephen Dartnall and Bronson La’Cassie.

Hot on the heels of Popovic and Jun Zhang is Geoff Ogilvy, who is tied for third with Matthew Griffin on eight-under.

Ogilvy agreed his experience of being in contention heading to the weekend put him in a good position to attack.

“It helps. Being on the first tee can be a scary place the first few times you are there on the weekend,” said the winner of the 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian PGA.

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