Perth International 2016: Friday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  Peter Uihlein of the USA reads the 13th green during day two of the 2016 Perth International at Karrinyup GC on February 26, 2016 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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America's Peter Uihlein and Australian Brett Rumford lead the way on 11 under par after two days of action at the 2016 Perth International. 

Overnight leader Uihlein shot a four-under round of 68 to go with his Thursday 65, while Rumford joined him atop the leaderboard with his own seven-under round on Friday.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen sits just one shot back in third place after a stunning eight-under 64 in his second round.

Here's what the leaderboard looks like heading into the weekend at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club:

Day 2 Leaderboard
T1AUSBrett Rumford-1165
T1USAPeter Uihlein-1168
3RSALouis Oosthuizen-1064
4AUSRhein Gibson-968
5AUSJason Scrivener-867
6FRAAlexander Levy-767
7SGPMardan Mamat-669
T8AUSScott Arnold-571
T8AUSDavid Bransdon-568
T8SWEMagnus A Carlsson-571
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For the full leaderboard check out the European Tour website.


Friday Recap

Rumford's surge to the top of the leaderboard began almost immediately on Friday as he claimed back-to-back birdies on two and three.

Per the European Tour, he picked up another shot at the sixth as he chipped in from the edge of the green, and a four at the par-five seventh took him to eight under for the tournament:

A three on the ninth saw him reach the turn in just 31 as he looked to chase down early pace-setter Uihlein.

It was less spectacular for Rumford on the back nine as a birdie on 11 was cancelled out by his first bogey at 12.

But a three on the par-four 14th and another birdie on the par-five 15th saw him home with a very impressive 65 and into a share of the lead.

The 38-year-old local favourite outlined the challenges of the course after his round, per the European Tour:

It was tough, it was really tough. The wind was fairly benign when we started then it started to pick up about the 10th which certainly made things interesting on the back nine. My concentration waned a little bit coming home but I made some nice up-and-downs and made some nice putts from long range as well so all-in-all I was really happy. It was just one of those days where you had to keep grinding, concentration had to be premium, and that's the kind of pressure this golf course puts on you.

Uihlein arguably had it tougher, as he battled less favourable conditions having gone out early in the day.

He started on the 10th, making an excellent birdie-three before picking up anther shot at the par-four 14th.

He handed both shots back with bogeys on 16 and two, and it looked as though it might be a frustrating day for the 26-year-old.

However, he came storming back with four birdies in his last seven holes, including at 17 and 18, and set the 11-under target for the day's action.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 26:  Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa looks on during day two of the 2016 Perth International at Karrinyup GC on February 26, 2016 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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Oosthuizen's was the round of the day, and the world No. 21 made hay early on with three birdies in the opening four holes.

A run of seven consecutive pars kept him in rhythm before he came to life on the back nine.

A two at the par-three 12th got him to six under par for the tournament before a stellar approach to the 13th set up an easy birdie.

Two more birdies were forthcoming on the 14th and 15th as he raced up the leaderboard, and he then holed a magnificent putt on 17 to move within one of the leaders, per the European Tour:

And he should have joined Uihlein and Rumford after the 18th, but he missed a short putt at the last having set up a great opportunity, per Perth International:

There were a few notable casualties on Friday as England's Richard Bland failed to make the cut after his top-10 finish last week in Malaysia, while Frenchman Victor Dubuisson will also miss the weekend.

However, the quality of the leaderboard is very impressive and consistency over the weekend will be vital for whoever is crowned champion in Perth come Sunday.