European Tour

Four-way tie for halfway lead in Fiji

Scott Hend (AFP Photo)
Scott Hend (AFP Photo)

Suva - Australia's Scott Hend joined a four-way tie for the lead after scoring a scintillating 66 in the second round of the Fiji International at Natadola on Friday.

Hend fired an eagle, five birdies and just one bogey to join Thursday's leader, New Zealander Daniel Pierce, at the top of the leaderboard at seven under par alongside fellow countryman Jason Norris and Malaysia's Gavin Green.

Australians Peter Wilson, David McKenzie and Adam Bland were two shots back.

Hend started strongly, holding a 70-foot putt for eagle at the first then following it up with birdies at the fourth, sixth and ninth.

"It was a long one. It was one that you make one out of 20 times you have a crack at it if you're lucky," the 44-year-old said of his eagle putt.

"I missed a lot of putts but I still walk off the golf course with six under and in a good position at the halfway mark," he added.

Green, who finished with a 69, said his goal was to stay patient amid the windy conditions.

"I had to grind on a couple of holes. I had a few hiccups but other than that, it's pretty solid," he added.

The A$1.5 million ($1.2 million) tournament is co-sanctioned by the Australasian PGA and the European Tour.

Leading scores after the second round of the European Tour's Fiji International at Natadola on Friday (par 72, Australian unless stated):

137 - Gavin Green (MAS), Scott Hend, Jason Norris, Daniel Pierce (NZL)

139 - Peter Wilson, David McKenzie, Adam Bland

140 - Stephen Leaney, Harry Bateman (NZL), Chris Gaunt, Wade Ormsby

141 - Angel Cabrera (ARG), Michael Sim, Damien Jordan, Rahil Gangjee (IND), Scott Vincent (ZIM), James Marchesani, Jason Scrivener

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