Cameron Smith in sight of third Australian PGA Championship, Adam Scott falls down the leaderboard

British Open champion Cameron Smith birdied his final hole in the second round of the Australian PGA Championship to be one shot away from the lead halfway through the tournament in Brisbane.

Smith, a two-time winner and world number three, shot a 65-under par at the Royal Queensland Golf Club but an accidental putt on the par-three 17th hole saw West Australian Jason Scrivener take the lead at 10 under. .

Friday morning’s big players, Victorian Cameron John (65) and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura (66), are 8 under third place.

Smith’s playing partner Adam Scott birdied his only birdie of the day on the 17th hole, before finishing the round with a 1 of 72 to be 4 under for the tournament.

Scott, who started the day a shot in the lead after a 5-under 66 in the first round, is tied for 17th.

Scrivener was bogey-free in round two, but he will have to challenge the charge from Smith, who handled the stronger afternoon breeze and drained a test putt on the 18th to take second place.

Poland’s Adrian Meronk’s four birdies on his final six holes propelled him within 7 and a share of fifth place alongside Queensland’s Anthony Quayle and New Zealand’s Denzel Ieremia.

Earlier, Western Australian Min Woo Lee, who was co-leader after the opening round, bogeyed three back-nines to drop to 4 under.

The $2 million event is co-sanctioned with the European Tour and nets valuable ranking points for those outside of the world’s top 50 in hopes of earning entry into the year’s Masters next.

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