Campbell Leads Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Michael Campbell, still on a high from snapping Tiger Woods’ four-tournament winning streak Nov. 14, birdied the final four holes Friday for a 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead after after two rounds of the $640,000 Australian Open.
The 30-year-old New Zealander, who won the Johnnie Walker Classic two weeks ago, had been four strokes off the lead after the first round at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.
``It’s been two weeks now and I’m still riding the crest of a wave,″ Campbell said. ``I’m totally in control of my game at the moment.″
Campbell was at 10-under 134 for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Aaron Baddeley, an Australian amateur, who shot a 4-under 68.
Campbell was ranked No. 2 on the Australasian tour in 1995. but then slumped to 32nd the next year. In 1997, he missed the cut in all six tournaments he entered.
Baddeley, who relieves tension by singing songs between shots, led by two shots after 16 holes but a bogey at the par-3 17th cost him as Campbell continued his surge.
``I’m not surprised to be where I am,″ said Baddeley, who graduated from high school three weeks ago.
Three Australians are at 8-under _ Brendan Jones, Nick O’Hern and first-round leader Paul Gow _ while Paul McGinley of Ireland and Anthony Wall of England both were 7-under.
Colin Montgomerie putted well for the first time in four tournaments to stay in contention with a 67 after an opening round 72 to leave him five off the lead.
Greg Norman shot a 73, leaving him at 1-under.