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Kiwi golfers share lead at NZ PGA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/03/2017

Kiwis Josh Geary and Gareth Paddison hold a share of the lead after the opening round of the New Zealand PGA Championship in Palmerston North.

Geary and Paddison joined Ben Clementson (NSW) and Queenslander Anthony Quayle in shooting 6-under 65 to hold a one-stroke lead over a chasing group of four.

Local knowledge proved useful for Geary, and he's hopeful he can maintain momentum over the next three days.

"I've played well on this course in the past and it's pretty demanding off the tee so if you're driving the ball well, it's there for the taking," he said.

"I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully it all comes together on Sunday."

The lead looked in danger when Paddison blitzed the front nine to be 6-under at the turn in the afternoon session.

"I was very happy with the front nine but I fell away a little bit on the back nine I dropped a shot and then picked one up on the last," he said.

"The momentum was a lot quieter on the back nine, I thought I was in for a really good score but to finish 6-under is great."

Quayle overcame a sluggish start to finish with a flurry on the back nine.

The young Queenslander said accuracy on to the fairways was the key to managing the tight Manawatu course.

"There's definitely a premium for being in the fairways because they're all tree-lined and you're either chipping out or trying to hit a little punch and run up on to the green from there.

"If you can hit fairways you've got plenty of birdie opportunities."

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