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Trans Tasman battle looming in Rebel Sport Masters

Pearce during today's third round (Photo: PGA of Australia)
New Zealander Daniel Pearce takes a two-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the inaugural Rebel Sport Masters at the Wainui Golf Club north of Auckland, the 29 year old edging clear of the field with a 3rd round of 69 to lead over Canberra golfer Matthew Millar.

Pearce shared the 36 hole lead but in becoming the only player to record all three rounds under 70 to date he has the lead as he chases his second PGA Tour of Australasia title in less than twelve months.

Pearce won the Queensland PGA Championship in Toowoomba last March although things have not been quite so good this summer having missed the cut at the NSW and Australian Opens and the PGA Championship but he now has a chance to put all of that behind him.

At the QLD PGA Championship he was forced to beat off Matthew Millar in a playoff and he might well be required to do the same tomorrow as the ever present Millar is poised to challenge once again.

“I’ll definitely be trying to get it done before any extra holes but whatever happens happens,” said Pearce.

“I had a pretty up and down round but it’s always good to be in the lead.

“I stuck to a very similar game plan to my last two days but obviously I had to play a couple of different clubs off tees with the way the winds were.”

Millar recorded the round of the day (67) and one of only three sub-par rounds in blustery conditions and is poised to add yet another New Zealand title to his name having won the New Zealand PGA Championship previously.

“It’ll be interesting for Pearcey (Daniel Pearce) and I coming off what happened in Toowoomba last year,” Millar laughed.

“I’ll just continue to do what I’ve been doing; obviously he has been playing good golf and a couple of other lads up the leaderboard as well.

“I just need to keep building on my rounds and we’ll see what happens.”

Peter Fowler and Pearce’s joint 36-hole leader Nick Coxon are at 5 under and now four from the lead.

 

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