Bubba Watson trailed European Tour regular Marcus Fraser by two strokes after the second round of the Australian PGA.
Fraser, who had career-threatening neck surgery in January, shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday. The Australian had a bogey-free round on the Hyatt Regency resort course, saving par with a 20-foot putt on 17. He had a two-round total of 11-under 133.
Watson was in the lead for much of the day, but a three-putt bogey on 18 left him with a 68.
K.T. Kim (67) was in third, three behind. Y.E. Yang (68) and three Australians - John Senden, whose 64 included a hole-in-one on the second hole, Adam Scott (67) and Robert Allenby (68) were tied for fourth, four behind Fraser.
''You have to be patient on this course, and if you start to short-side yourself, you have to work pretty hard to make par,'' Fraser said. ''That's what happened on 17.
''We all know the quality of the field, and it's probably the best week of the year we have. So we'll give it a shot and see how it goes.''