Pearce continues to lead at #FijiIntl

Fri 18 Aug 2017

Pearce continues to lead at #FijiIntl


Fiji, August 18: Daniel Pearce of New Zealand continued his dominance as he signed for a second round one-under-par 71 to grab the clubhouse lead by one at the Fiji International on Friday.

The 29-year-old Pearce, who started the round with a one-shot advantage, marked his card with five birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey to sit atop the leaderboard on seven-under-par 137 total at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

It’s always nice to be on top. I can’t complain about how things went today. I got off to a pretty steady start. I had a chip-in on the second and then hit in the hazard on four and made bogey.

“A couple of birdies, then a couple of hiccups early on the back-9, but a couple of birdies late in the piece to get it back under par which was nice,” said Pearce, who claimed his breakthrough on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia earlier in March.

Pearce reckoned hitting solid drives off the tee would be the key to stay on top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend rounds.

“I feel like you’ve got to play pretty good out there, especially with the wind. It’s definitely going to benefit you if you’re a good ball striker. You get a pretty good advantage if you’re hitting the ball well and controlling your ball well in the wind,” Pearce added.

Pearce endured a two-month injury layoff after claiming his maiden win in March. The New Zealander is delighted to regain some of this best form in the first two rounds this week.

I won earlier in the year and about a week after that, I injured my back. I stepped out of a bunker and picked up my golf bag and something went pop and yeah, I had nearly two months off trying to get that right and get sorted for playing again.

“My discs were all locked up and then all my muscles around it spasmed to try and protect it. It took a bit of treatment and work over that five to six weeks off to get it right to play again,” explained Pearce.

Australian Wade Ormsby, a one-time winner on the Asian Tour, posted a 71 to trail by three while India’s Rahil Gangjee stayed a further shot back on 141 after battling to a 72.