Olesen, Herbert standout in gusty second round

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and Victorian Lucas Herbert have climbed the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth leaderboard early in the second round at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Olesen, beginning from the 10th tee this morning turned his form around following a frustrating opening round to shoot 5-under 67, moving to 7-under the card.

Teeing off in the morning was an advantage for both Olesen and Herbert as the winds picked up around the course.

“It was difficult, it was quite breezy this morning also at 7:00am. Definitely in the last hour or so it picked up a lot, so I’m very happy with my score and it’s going to be tough for the guys this afternoon,” said Olesen.

“The course is firming up a little bit also, so it will be difficult for guys to get it close to the pin, but obviously if you’re playing really, really well, you could shoot a score but it’s definitely going to be tough.”

Olesen just missed out on qualifying for last year’s top-24, admitting his play in the third round was not up to scratch 12 months ago.

“I really, really like this golf course, I think it’s really good, and last year I just had a bad Saturday and I’ll try to do that different tomorrow.”

Herbert, who did qualify in the top-24 last year, shot a round of 3-under 69 to join Olesen at 7-under the card.

“Obviously it’s so tough with that wind. I actually thought I really didn’t play that well, either, so to finish at 3-under, I’m really stoked with that and I’m going to sit very happy with that this afternoon,” said Herbert.

“I really like it here. The greens, the layout, the length of holes, everything just sets up really well for me. So yeah, I love coming here every year, I can play pretty average golf and still score really well around here.”

The 22-year-old who will make his major debut in The 147th Open Championship this year, said he learned some lessons from this tournament 12 months ago after being bundled out in the second round of match play by eventual runner-up Phachara Khongwatmai.

It was a pre-mature exit considering his strong play through 54 holes to finish the stroke-play in 6th position.

“Twelve months on was a good learning curve, I got off to the first round and probably made a couple mistakes there, but there’s no chance of that happening again, learnt from them so well.

“I’m really looking forward to Sunday, I would love to stick myself in that top-8 again so I can just see how those first matches out there on the course go and give myself a little break there in the morning.”

The afternoon field is now on course.