COOLUM, Australia — Daniel Popovic maintained a share of the lead after the second day of the Australian PGA on Friday while Geoff Ogilvy posted another solid round.
Popovic, who nearly gave up golf earlier this year to care for his ill father, followed his opening-round 64 with a 2-under 70, including a double-bogey seven on the par-5 15th.
The Tour rookie is tied with Zhang Xinjun (67) at 10 under, two shots clear of the field at the Palmer Coolum resort course.
Zhang had a one-stroke lead twice in the closing holes, but bogeys on two of his final three holes dropped him into a tie with Popovic going into the weekend.
Ogilvy (69) and Matthew Griffin (67) were tied for third. Fellow Australians Mathew Goggin (66), Steven Bowditch (67) and Brad Kennedy (68) were another stroke back at 7 under.
Last week's Australian Open champion Peter Senior shot a 70 and was tied for eighth, four strokes behind the leaders. Former British Open champion Darren Clarke had a 69 and was another stroke back, while South African Rory Sabbatini shot 68 after an opening 76 to make the cut with a few strokes to spare.
Alfred Dunhill Championship
At Malelane, South Africa, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel shot a second-round 64 to surge into a share of the lead on day two at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The former Masters champion, who ended a long title drought by winning in Thailand last weekend, had six birdies and an eagle in his 8-under round to go 13 under par and level with overnight leader Gregory Bourdy at the halfway stage.
At Johor, Malaysia, Spain's Sergio Garcia birdied five of his first 12 holes in the Johor Open for a share of the lead in the suspended second round.
Garcia was 9 under overall with eight holes left when darkness forced the suspension of play in the Asian Tour event at rainy Horizon Hills. American David Lipsky also was 9 under after finishing off a first-round 63 in the morning. He was unable to start the second round before play was stopped.
South Africa's Ernie Els was 4 under overall with eight holes to play.