Louis pitched well into the first but after showing no intent of holing the 12-footer down the hill he played safely back with an iron off the second tee and then flew a wedge straight into the hole. A long second into the next bounced up to 10 feet and after the putt went down, a perfectly flighted, into the wind, 7-iron settled only a metre from the flag at the par-3 fourth hole. His long drive down the bravest line barely skirted the bunker 300 metres off the fifth tee and whilst the pitch wasn’t near enough, he made up for it at the sixth when a wedge left him with a kick-in to get to five-under par. From there he played sensible but hardly mistake-free golf. Wild drives – right off the 13th and 15th tees and left off the 16th – didn’t cost him anything; indeed he made a birdie at the 15th after a neat pitch from the left of the green. Then he tugged a short-iron approach at the final hole but from the sand he showed the members how best to manage a troublesome downhill lie. His perfectly played explosion shot settled down only a few of feet from the hole and four was all but a formality. Elvis shot three-under but wasn’t at his best, his normally reliable driver letting him down. While hitting seven fairways might be all right on a US Open course where an absurdly narrow 25-yards is the norm, it’s hardly enough at Royal Queensland. In fairness, the 14th fairway is so narrow hardly anyone hits it and what looked like a perfect three wood off the 18th found the fairway bunker in the middle of the fairway. All I could do was apologise, one for putting it there and two, promising him a 3-wood wouldn’t reach it. In my defence, it is 285 metres off the tee and 3-woods aren’t supposed to go that far. Click here for live scoring from Round 2 of both the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship and Fortinet Australian WPGA Championship.
Receive FREE entry to Round 2 on Friday at the Fortinet #AusPGA & #AusWPGA Championship to celebrate Yellow Day.— #AusPGA | PGA of Australia (@PGAofAustralia) January 13, 2022
We ask patrons to wear a touch of yellow in support of Jarrod Lyle and Challenge and make a gold coin donation with no ticket required for general admission access. pic.twitter.com/JiPjZP8Haf