Aussies Rule in New Zealand


Chris Downes and Alan Patterson, both from Australia, have taken over the lead at the Holden New Zealand Open after two rounds. The pair stands at at 7-under-par as they head into the weekend at the Auckland Golf Clubs Middlemore course.
Downes collected four birdies and a pair of bogeys and had a chance to be alone in first until carding one of his two bogeys on his final hole of the day to drop to 7-under.
Patterson, the first-round co-leader, started off with a bogey at the par-4 1st and could only muster 1-under 71. He rebounded with four birdies on his scorecard, yet added another couple of bogies.
The other overnight leader and another Aussie, Craig Jones, closed with a even-par 72 and stands at 6-under through two rounds and is in a share for third with New Zealander Gareth Paddison.
Paddison, the low Kiwi, fired his second straight 3-under-par 69. An eagle at the par-4 3rd and late birdie has him one stroke ahead of fellow countrymen David Smail, Mahal Pearce and Aussie Brendan Jones, all at 5-under for the tounament.
All three posted the same score for the second day in a row - 69s on Thursday and trio of 70s during round two.
Smail, the defending champion, endured a triple bogey early in his round but righted the ship for his 2-under 70.
Grant Waite, the 1992 champion, is in a tie for eighth with amateur Brad Heaven, a local boy who attends the University of Toledo in the United States. The two sit just three off the pace at 4-under par.
Michael Campbell struggled with his putter most of the day, missing several par saving putts inside ten feet, and stands at minus-2 with six players after 36 holes.
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