Guyatt extends Open lead

Queenslander Matthew Guyatt is proving he is more than just an opening-round bolter, bursting out of the blocks on day two to open up a big lead in the Australian Masters.

Guyatt began the day two shots ahead of three players tied for second, including tournament headliners Adam Scott and Ian Poulter, but that gap has ballooned to five shots on the back of a lightning first nine holes.

Guyatt has jumped from seven-under to 11-under thanks to four birdies, two coming back-to-back on the par 4 3rd and 4th holes.

New Zealander Michael Hendry has picked up one shot on his overnight score to move to outright second at six-under after five holes this morning, while a bogey on the par 3 15th (his 6th hole today) has meant Poulter is still at five-under.

Top-ranked Australian Scott will begin his second round at 12.10pm this afternoon at five-under, likely knowing he will need something special to keep pace with Guyatt.

There is a further five players behind Poulter and Scott tied for fifth at four-under.

Former Masters champion Stuart Appleby has endured a difficult morning so far, bogeying his third and sixth holes to slip back to one-over after starting his round at one-under.

This story Guyatt extends Open lead first appeared on WA Today.