Bjorn reigns supreme Down Under to lead World Cup

Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:34am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was a model of consistency as he tamed Royal Melbourne with a three-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the $8 million World Cup of Golf on Friday.

The gritty 42-year-old bogeyed his first and last holes but was rock solid in between as he rolled in five birdies to finish with an eight-under total of 134, one ahead of joint overnight leader Kevin Streelman of the United States.

"I kind of patiently worked my way through the round," European Tour veteran Bjorn told reporters.

"On the back nine, I played awesome ... Maybe a bit unfortunate (on) the last hole."

Already uncomfortably fast in Thursday's opening round, Royal Melbourne's greens were rendered devilish during a second straight day of warm sunshine and persistent breezes and less than a third of the field finished under par.

Seemingly well-directed approach shots charged past the hole and players sweated over three-foot putts with trepidation bordering on fear.

Along with Bjorn, Streelman was among the few to handle the conditions well and charged out of the blocks to birdie his opening four holes.

He had the wind taken out of his sails, though, when he dropped three strokes in two holes midway through his round.   Continued...

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn tees off on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2013 PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger