Paddison back in the hunt

TODAY came the round Gareth Paddison needed to have.

The New Zealander kept his chances for back-to-back Victorian PGA Championship crowns alive with an impressive six-under par during the second day of play at Creswick's Forest Resort.

The 32-year-old had six birdies and an eagle this morning to help erase some of the damage done on the opening day when he carded a five-over round of 77.

Paddison will make the cut and tomorrow look to close in on the leading division.

"I putted really well (in round one) but didn't hole anything. I lipped-out eight times apparently so it could have been totally different," Paddison said.

"I just made some silly errors and that was the difference. I was hitting them well going into the event and was really surprised by my first round. Coming out and shooting 66 was nice, to get a good one under the belt, make the cut and get under par at least.

"You are not a million miles away from the leaders."

While back in contention, Paddison is under no illusions as to the task at hand.

"I think it could be anyone's game, and depending on how the leaders go today will dictate how far away one-unders are," he said.

Brendan Smith joined amateur Nathan Holman in the lead today with a three-under round of 69, taking his overall score to six-under for the tournament. Holman is currently on course.

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