Published: Dec 16, 2011 7:38 AM EST
Updated: Dec 16, 2011 7:30 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - England's Ian Poulter birdied the final two holes for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead Friday after the second round of the Australian Masters.

Poulter, also the first-round leader, had a 9-under 133 total at Victoria Golf Club.

Australia's Matthew Giles was in second place after a 68. Top-ranked Luke Donald was at 3 under after a 70.

Greg Chalmers, also 3 under after a 70, is trying to become the second player to complete the Australian Triple Crown after sweeping the Australian Open and Australian PGA last month. Robert Allenby accomplished the feat in 2005.