Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bland Leads Masters as Woods Fades

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bland Leads Masters as Woods Fades

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GOLF: South Australian surprise packet Adam Bland finished with a flourish for the second straight round to move two shots clear of his closest Australian Masters rival and nine ahead of defending champion Tiger Woods.

One of three co-leaders after the first round, the bearded left-hander was the only one to again shoot under par in yesterday's second round as strong, gusty winds whipped Victoria Golf Club and took a toll on the field.

Bland, a 150-1 roughie before the event, replaced Woods as favourite last night.

He posted three birdies in his last four holes a to go with five in his last six on Thursday a giving him a four-under-par round of 67 and a 10-under total at the tournament midpoint.

Andre Stolz of NSW a in his second stint as a pro golfer after a wrist injury forced him off the US PGA Tour in 2005 and into temporary retirement a shot his second 67 to be eight under.

Daniel Gaunt, who had shared the first-round lead with Bland and fellow Victorian Alistair Presnell, ground out a 72, to be alone in third, five shots off the pace. …

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