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Aussies fairing well in Arizona

A second consecutive six-under-par 65 by Australia’s Matt Jones sees him on track for a serious tilt at capturing his maiden US PGA Tour title.

Jones shares the 36-hole lead with 2012 US Masters champion Bubba Watson at 12-under, two shots clear of compatriot Greg Chalmers, who sits at 10-under after firing a Friday 67.

Jones has been practically flawless through the opening two days of the championship, carding just two bogeys through 36 holes – an untimely blemish on the 18th preventing him from taking the outright lead to the weekend.

Also without a win on the US Tour, Greg Chalmers helped himself to five birdies and an eagle on Friday to secure a spot in the penultimate pairing on Saturday with American Harris English.

Young Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama is also around the leaders after a 67 on Friday, while a sizzling 64 from 2012 FedExCup and Tour Championship winner Brandt Snedeker saw him ascend to within four shots of the lead.

Aussie Aaron Baddeley joins last year’s winner Phil Mickelson at four-under at the half way mark, while Steven Bowditch and Geoff Ogilvy look as though they’ll sneak inside the cut-line to play the weekend.

After narrowly missing out on a win last week at Torrey Pines, Marc Leishman will miss the cut in Arizona, as will Robert Allenby, whose Friday 70 wasn’t enough to offset a disappointing 76 on Thursday.

Darkness again forced a delay late on Friday, and a handful of players will be required to complete their second rounds early on Saturday morning before the third round can commence.

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