Zunic stays in hunt at Australian PGA, Smyth and Tighe make cut

Well played: Port Kembla's Jordan Zunic is three off the lead at the Australian PGA in Queensland. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt
Well played: Port Kembla's Jordan Zunic is three off the lead at the Australian PGA in Queensland. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

It lacked the exclamation mark of the first round, but Jordan Zunic remains firmly in contention at the Australian PGA.

Zunic is nine-under at the halfway mark, three back from US Tour player Marc Leishman, who showed his immense class with a seven-under 65 on Friday.

Co-leader after a stunning eagle on his final hole on Thursday, Zunic produced five birdies and two bogies to be tied for third.

Zunic credited his surprise spot at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard to reading a book by fellow tour professional Nick O'Hern.

In a self-described slump, the 25-year-old acted on girlfriend and caddy Olivia Marlow's advice and started reading O'Hern's Tour Mentality: Inside the Mind of a Tour Pro.

I mean, what can I say, what an awesome bloke. (O’Hern) just gave me such an insight on how to think better,” Zunic said

Former US Masters champion Adam Scott slumped to miss the cut on Friday at two-over for the tournament, while Spanish star Sergio Garcia is among those in the chasing pack at six-under.

Three back-nine bogeys saw Shellharbour’s Travis Smyth fade to be at two-under and tied for 37th.

Smyth made an early charge to be as high as five-under, but bogies at 13, 15 and 18 meant he is 10 shots away from the lead. 

Wollongong’s Lincoln Tighe also threatened to march up the leaderboard with three first-nine birdies, before a bogey on the par-three second, his 11th hole of the day, resulted in him finishing at -2 overall.