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Rumford, Goss steal WA Open show
Brett Rumford on his way to 67 today. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian

Brett Rumford showed his class and liking for his home course Royal Perth when he stormed to the half-way lead of the WA Open today.

Rumford, equal second after the first round on 68, has a two-shot lead after 36 holes thanks to three birdies in his final five holes to give him a five-under 67.

Fellow WA pro Scott Strange leapt to the lead after his morning round of 69, and he is equal second with first-round leader Adam Crawford, who shot 70 today.

The day's best round came from star 18-year-old Royal Fremantle amateur Oliver Goss, who carded 66 to leave him equal third with three others at the half-way mark.

The highlight of Goss' round was an eagle on the par-four eighth hole.

Goss won the WA Amateur Championship this year, made the quarter-finals of the US Amateur Championship and earned a scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

Veteran Kim Felton and youngsters Brady Watt and Nick Cullen - all of whom had 68s today - are the others on 138.

A big surprise today was the tumble of multiple past winner Stephen Leaney, who couldn't match his playing partner Rumford and registered 78, which means he misses the cut. 1998 Australian Masters champion Brad Hughes also missed the cut.

LEADERBOARD

135 Brett Rumford (68 67)

137 Scott Strange (68 69), Adam Crawford (67 70)

138 Oliver Goss (72 66), Kim Felton (70 68), Brady Watt (70 68), Nick Cullen (70 68)

139 Michael Dennis (70 69), Adam Bland (68 71), Matthew Griffin (71 68), Ashley Hall (72 67)