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Leading trio tower above #QldOpen field

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Zach Murray, Adam Blyth and Jordan Zunic lead the Isuzu Queensland Open at The Brisbane Golf Club, and with a median height of approximately 6’3”, they tower above a chasing pack.

The lengthy leaders are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 7-under the card following the second round of the tournament.

Amateur Zach Murray once again finds himself in the lead of a professional event but is admittedly feeling the fatigue that comes with being a frontrunner.

“Up the top with Blythy and Jordan is obviously a good spot to be and my game is still good, I’ve just got to draw on the little bit of energy I’ve got left,” said Murray who has now held the lead in an incredible six straight professional tournament rounds.

“Physically I’m fine it’s just more mentally I feel a bit drained. A couple of times today I was on the wrong page of the yardage book, I wasn’t the full package today unfortunately.”

Murray shot 1-under 70 in tough conditions at The Brisbane Golf Club, a gusty wind playing havoc with a number of players in the field.

“Today was such a battle, I hit some strawberry jam shots and I hit some ordinary ones as well but I got away with a couple,” added Murray.

“I made some good up and downs and holed some good par putts. I had to knuckle down the last five or six holes and had a few birdie opportunities coming in but I just wasn’t able to convert them.”

Murray’s playing partner Adam Blyth put together a round of 2-under 69, the third player in their group Rhein Gibson matching that to be at 6-under the card.

All three have finished at the business end of the leaderboard in the opening two rounds.

“After two rounds the three of us played really nicely, we’re all playing well and it helps to push everyone along so it was really nice,” said Blyth.

“It’s been a real struggle this year, I’ve had some really good results and some really bad results, my career has kind of been steady but this year hasn’t.”

Blyth is expecting his first baby in 2019, a girl with wife Nicole, and while it’s certainly a welcome distraction, he said it’s been difficult to balance life on and off the course.

“I’ve had some things off the course occupying my mind which has all been great; it’s just about trying to balance it all that I’m trying to work on.

“I’ve been playing well the last few weeks with no result so this has been coming.”

Jordan Zunic rounds out the trio of leaders at 7-under the card following his round of 3-under 68. He endured a roller coaster ride through the turn of the golf course with a bogey, eagle, birdie, double bogey from the 8th to the 12th holes.

“I started off really well, I was a couple under through seven holes and then I made a bogey on the eighth which stalled me a bit,” said Zunic.

“But I chipped in for eagle on nine to get going again, birdie on 10 so I was 4-under then, but from there on it got really tricky.

“I hit plenty of greens, I had plenty of putts for birdie coming home except for the 11th hole, every other hole in I hit every green in regulation.

“I was really happy to roll a nice 10-footer birdie in on the last, it just felt like a bit of justice for all the greens I was hitting.”

Web.com Tour player Rhein Gibson shares equal fourth position with Kevin Yuan. The Oklahoma based Australian said he’s still fine tuning his game this week ahead of the Australian summer.

“Today was a bit of a struggle, the cobwebs showed a little bit today so hopefully I’ll iron those out heading into the weekend but in a good spot so pretty happy,” said Gibson.

“I’m just fighting a few swing issues right now, a couple flaws I’m trying to work through, it’s just difficult in tournament time.

“I hit a few loose ones today but managed to get away with it, other than a three-putt I felt pretty good today.”

Tied for sixth position is Kieran Muir, Michael Wright, Antonio Murdaca, amateur Blake Windred and Mark Brown at 4-under the card.

The cut was made at 3-over the card with 53 professionals and 13 amateurs making the weekend rounds.

The leading group of Zach Murray, Adam Blyth and Jordan Zunic will tee off at 11:00am.

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