South Korea’s Byeong Hun An sensationally reclaimed the Australian Open lead with a remarkable hole-in-one late in his second round.
Starting Friday with the lead at The Lakes, An watched as American Matt Kuchar and Australian amateur David Micheluzzi entered the clubhouse at seven under par having played in the morning wave.
But An shot back to the top of the leaderboard with an ace at the 197-metre par-3 15th that rocketed the former US Amateur champion to eight under.
The Korean also hit two birdies to go with a bogey – signing off for a second round 69.
Earlier, world No.29 Kuchar has lived up to his billing as the highest-ranked player in the field by taking the clubhouse lead.
Kuchar fired a five-under 67 and was joined atop the leaderboard shortly after by Micheluzzi (69).
Fellow tournament drawcard and world No.30 Keegan Bradley fired an impressive 66 to sit a shot back at six under, sharing third with Mexico’s Abraham Ancer (69) and Australians Jordan Zunic (65) and Cameron Percy (69).
Last week’s NSW Open winner Jake McLeod and Max McCardle were both vying for the lead after impressive second rounds.
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Micheluzzi is bidding to become the first amateur to win the Stonehaven Cup since Aaron Baddeley in 1999 and jumped out of the gates on Friday with three birdies and an eagle in his first six holes.
Although the 22-year-old suffered three consecutive bogeys around the turn, he responded with a birdie at the third (his 12th).
Cameron Davis’s eventful defence of the Stonehaven Cup, meanwhile, has continued.
After opening his first round with a quadruple eight en route to a four-over 76, Davis dunked two more balls in the water on the par-5 11th to rack up a disastrous triple bogey on his second hole on Friday morning.
But the 23-year-old bounced back superbly with successive birdies, then an eagle on the par-5 14th.
Davis then went two under on his closing nine to card an impressive 69 which brings his open total back to one-over and he sits inside the projected cut line.