Scrivener, Flanagan get top view

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Jason Scrivener of Australia chips onto the green during the second round of the Vic Open golf tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links — AFP

GEELONG, Australia — Australia’s Jason Scrivener and Nick Flanagan shared a two-shot lead while American Kim Kaufman took charge of the women’s tournament at the pioneering Vic Open on Friday.

It’s been two solid days’ work

The event, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the US-based LPGA Tour, is the only one in the world with male and female fields playing, in alternate groups, on the same course and for equal prize money.

Scrivener carded six birdies in his six-under-par 66 on day two while fellow Australian Flanagan, a former US amateur champion, shot a 68 to go with his opening round 62.

“It’s been two solid days’ work,” said Scrivener, who continued his strong early season form which has been rewarded with three top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

“It’s just patience really, I think knowing there’s a lot of birdies out there helps. If you try to rush them, you can make mistakes, so just plodding your way around and being smart about it.”

James Nitties, who sank a world record-equaling nine birdies in a row on Thursday at the 13th Beach Golf Links south of Melbourne, could only manage one in his round of 74, which was marred by a double bogey on the 18th.

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