“I got hot around the turn and made a few birdies, and then I started getting a bit nervy, thinking ‘I’m getting pretty low here’. I didn’t know what I was [score] but I had an inkling I was close [to 59]. When you are in that zone it’s a really nice place to be.
“I didn’t really give myself great chances on the last three holes but all in all a great day’s work.”
I got hot around the turn and made a few birdies, and then I started getting a bit nervy, thinking ‘I’m getting pretty low here’
Dodt (-14) holds a slender one shot lead from Min Woo Lee, who fired a five-under 67 in increasingly difficult conditions during the afternoon wave in Sydney’s west on Friday.
Lee narrowly missed securing full status on the European Tour this season and when asked about the prospect of even drier greens on the weekend said: “Hopefully it’s a bit fairer. It kind of got baked out and a bit unfair in a way, but it just depends on the weather and how they set up the course.
“It seems there’s not a lot of check around the greens when you need it so you’ve got to play these bump and runs everywhere, even if you have a really good lie. There’s not that much room to land it. I guess the wind picked up and it was a little bit hard [on Friday] afternoon.”
Lee, the brother of Australia’s top-ranked female player Minjee Lee, is only 38 places behind Dodt on the world rankings. He is chasing his first professional win after a stellar amateur career.
Overnight leader Josh Younger (-11) posted a solid two-under 70 on Friday to remain three shots shy of Dodt, who was a winner on the Asian Tour this year and finished second in the 2016 Australian PGA, his best local finish.
Wollongong’s Travis Smyth (-10) is poised to chase down another win on the Australasian tour after winning the Northern Territory PGA as an amateur.
NSW OPEN LEADERBOARD (after second round)
-14: Andrew Dodt
-13: Min Woo Lee
-11: Josh Younger
-10: Travis Smyth
-9: Justin Warren
-8: Michael Pearce
-7: Jake Higginbottom, James Marchesani, Cameron John, Christopher Wood
Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.