Gibson sets the midway pace at NSW PGA

PGA Tour Pro Rhein Gibson has shown his class around the Bungool course at Riverside Oaks to take the lead at the halfway mark of the NSW PGA Championship.

Firing 4-under 68 in the second round, Gibson is now 10-under for the tournament and leading the field by one shot.

Rhein Gibson Rhein Gibson (Credit: Anthony Powter)

As the highest ranked player in the tournament, Gibson is living up to the expectations placed on him this week and will now be the man to chase down over the weekend.

“I got off to a decent start, I birdied 3, 5 and 8 to turn in 3-under, and like I said yesterday holes 7 through 11 are the ones you really have to go after.”

“Unfortunately I didn’t birdie 10, the par-5 with a 5 iron, I birdied 11 and the putter got a little cold coming in, I had opportunities every hole to make birdie but I just couldn’t get them to fall.”

Sitting just one shot behind him after a second round 5-under 67 is rookie Pro Lucas Herbert.

Having made his Pro debut at the UNIQLO Masters, Herbert recorded two missed cuts in his first tournaments but is pleased to see his ability shining through this week.

A win at the NSW PGA Championship would launch Herbert’s career and see him avoid a trip to Qualifying School next week.

Also playing for his status on Tour next year is Christopher Wood, he needs a top-2 finish this week to avoid going to final stage Qualifying School next year.

Thanks to firing his second consecutive round of 4-under 68 he is well positioned at outright third on the leaderboard.

Sitting a further shot back again on 7-under the card is PGA Trainee graduate Deyen Lawson.

Rounding out the top-5 on 6-under the card are Ewan Porter and Brett Rankin.

The second round cut was made at 1-over the card with 53 Professionals and two amateurs making the weekend rounds.

The third round will tee off at 7.50am with the final group of Gibson, Herbert and Wood teeing off at 11am.

As the final event on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2015 there is a lot on the line for the players at the NSW PGA Championship.

Source – PGA Australia