Tour rookie Daniel Popovic has maintained his two-stroke lead midway through the second round of the Australian PGA while former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy moved into a tie for second place after a 3-under-par 69.
Popovic, who nearly gave up golf earlier this year to care for his seriously ill father, followed his opening 64 with a 70 Friday, including a double-bogey seven on the par-5 15th. The first-round leader had a two-round total of 10-under 134 on the Palmer Coolum resort course.
Ogilvy and Matthew Griffin (67) were tied for second. Fellow Australians Matt Goggin (66) and Steven Bowditch (67) were among those tied for fourth, three strokes behind.
Former British Open champion Darren Clarke shot 69 and was five strokes behind Popovic.