Smith opened with a round of 74 on day one and after an early bogey today things were not looking to be whole lot better until three birdies before the turn and another three on the way home saw him record his 5 under par round and improve 36 places from his day one position.
Smith trails the leader, Scott Piercy, by six shots and current second placed, Brooks Koepka, by five but he is now moving in the right direction after such a slow start yesterday.
Rod Pampling could not consolidate on his opening round of 70 and slipped to a share of 22nd with his round of 73 while Adam Scott and Jason Day both made good moves early in round two before faltering over the closing stages of their rounds.
Scott dropped three shots in his last six holes after making an impressive move early in his round of 69.
That pair is at even par and in a share of 30th place with last week’s winner Marc Leishman staging a late recovery to be at 2 over and in 56th place.
Piercy is having a horror year having not recorded one top 30 in the last six months and is currently ranked 258th in the world but today he displayed sharp improvement with a bogey free round of 65 in the demanding conditions to grab the lead off Koepka whose final hole eagle leaves him as perhaps the man to fear most over the closing 36 holes.
First round leader Chez Reavie is in 3rd place at 6 under and three from the lead with Alex Noren and Ian Poulter another shot back.
There was no cut in the limited field event.
SIGNATURE HOLES 14TH AT GOULBOURN GOLF CLUB
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