GOLF: Tunnicliff Equals Course Record in Birdie Bonanza
MILES TUNNICLIFF, Niclas Fasth and Richard Green all equalled the course record as the feast of low scoring continued in the Holden New Zealand Open today.
Leamington-born Tunnicliff set the clubhouse target at 14 under par with eight birdies and an eagle in a second round 63 at Gulf Harbour, matching the mark set by Scott Verplank and Patrik Sjoland in the 1998 World Cup.
Former Ryder Cup player Fasth then stormed home in just 30 strokes with back-to-back eagles to overtake Tunnicliff at 16 under, before Green chipped in on the 18th to finish 11 under.
England's Oliver Wilson, a Challenge Tour graduate from Mansfield, had earlier carded a flawless 65 to lie third on 13 under, one stroke ahead of Australian Simon Nash.
Local favourite Michael Campbell added a 70 to his opening 73 but at one under was certain to miss the halfway cut.
Atherstone's Steve Webster did qualify for the weekend though. His three- under-par 69 left him on five under for the tournament and in joint 49th place.
A freshening breeze and light rain had threatened to make scoring more difficult for the later starters but Fasth birdied the second and eagled the sixth to be out in 33.
He then holed from 35ft for eagle on the 11th and holed a bunker shot from 25 yards on the next for another eagle. …