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Amateur Zach Murray leads WA Open

Murray is looking to follow a trend of amateurs winning the WA Open title. (Photo: Henry Peters)
First-round leader Zach Murray has retained the top spot on the leaderboard heading into the weekend at the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open.

The Victorian amateur posted 2-under 70 in the second round to be 10-under the card and two shots clear of fellow Victorian amateur David Micheluzzi and Queenslander Damien Jordan.

“I just didn’t make as many putts as I did yesterday. I just had to stay pretty patient,” said Murray, who has set up a weekend tee time with his mate.

“He (Micheluzzi) is a good buddy of mine; we play together pretty much every day. We’ve had a couple of really good battles over the last couple of years. It will be nice to go head-to-head.

“He got me in the Vic Amateur late last year; he smoked me so I might have to get a bit of revenge.”

While Murray was happy to grind out his second round, Micheluzzi fired 4-under 68 to make up ground on the leader. 

“I was playing a bit of catch-up this morning. I am happy to finish with two consecutive 68’s and get myself into the tournament,” said Micheluzzi, whose second round was highlighted by his second eagle on a par-4 for the week.

“I pitched in on the 16th from about 40 metres; it was about the same distance as the 18th yesterday.

“I got a bit lucky, it was going about six feet past and it hit the middle of the pin and dropped in,” added Micheluzzi, who is playing a smart game plan around Mount Lawley Golf Club. 

“I am playing aggressive, but smart; I hit an iron off the 1st and some other holes. But I am very versatile with my driver, I can hit it low, I can hit it high, so I think I will make more birdies with the driver than with irons.

“This course, the greens are small so it is easy to short side yourself, I have done that a few times this week.

“I just want to put myself in the right positions off the tee and be aggressive at pins when I need to.”

Matt Millar continues to show why he is referred to as Mr Consistent, the Canberra resident fired 6-under 66 to be 7-under the card and three shots off the lead.

He is joined at 5th on the leaderboard by defending champion Stephen Leaney and Ben Ferguson who is making his professional debut this week.

The second round cut was made at 4-over par with 51 professionals and 16 amateurs making the weekend rounds.

The third round will tee off at 8.40am with Murray, Micheluzzi and Jordan on course at Mount Lawley Golf Club at 10.30am.



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