Thomas Bjorn is in prime position at the halfway point of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf as he holds a one shot lead over American Kevin Streelman heading into the weekend at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Martin Laird is the top Scot in the individual competition after the first two rounds and currently sits in a tie for fifth place, five shots behind Bjorn, while his team mate Stephen Gallacher sits in a tie for 35th place.
The pair began the week looking to emulate the success of Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren in 2007 when they won the World Cup team competition for Scotland, but that looks unlikely as they sit ten shots off the leading American side at after the first two rounds.
"I patiently worked my way into the round and played very solid. Maybe not quite as good as yesterday on the front nine, but on the back nine I played awesome." - Thomas Bjorn
Bjorn is still well in the hunt for the team competition as his Danish partner Thorbjorn Olesen has helped the team into second place and ready for an assault on the USA's Kevin Streelman and Matt Kuchar over the weekend.
Bjorn upbeat about his chances
“There were a couple of things that happened on the golf course today that really tested me. I three-putted the first, so got caught a little bit there. But after that I patiently worked my way into the round and played very solid. Maybe not quite as good as yesterday on the front nine, but on the back nine I played awesome," said Bjorn after his round.
“Obviously it was disappointing to bogey the last, but if you'd asked me when the ball was in the air, I would've said you couldn't have hit a better golf shot. But you have got to take that on this course. Some bounces go your way and some go against you on this course. Maybe I was a but unfortunate, but I have to remember that I played some really, really good stuff on that back nine."