Queenslander Jake McLeod has improved on his opening round of 70 with a second round 68 at the KLM Open in Amsterdam and finds himself in a share of 17th place and five from the lead of Scott Jamieson.
McLeod, who has struggled for much of his rookie European Tour season, recorded a five birdie, one bogey round of four under to jump nine places from his opening round position and given he is currently 159th in the Race to Dubai standings a continuation of this form will go a long way to regaining his playing rights for next season.
With eight missed cuts in his last tens starts, this week’s effort to date represents a significant turnaround of the 25-year old who led last year’s PGA Tour of Australasia money list.
The only other Australian to make the weekend was Sydney’s Harrison Endycott although Adam Bland, Dimi Papadatos and Deyen Lawson were just one shot short of the required mark.
Endycott, a member of the 2016 Australian Eisenhower Trophy winning side, has been playing on the PGA Tour’s South American series in 2019 but made the cut last week at the European Open and has done so again this week.
The leader, Jamieson, has won only once on the European Tour, but that came back in 2013 so this is a nice turnaround for the Scot although to add further to the pressure he will face over the final 36 holes is the ominous presence of Sergio Garcia who is tied for second and just two from Jamieson’s lead.
“Obviously I have been doing a lot of good things this week,” said the Spaniard. A couple of things that need to do better but overall a good amount of good things and I just have to go out there and trust it, believe in myself and see what happens.
“I have been working hard. It feels pretty good, I wouldn’t say it feels like 120% but it feels pretty good. Some of the things I have been working on seem to be working this week. I have putted well for the most part, so that’s nice to see too and I have to keep hitting the ball where I’m hitting it and make a couple of putts here and there.”
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