The John Jones Steel Harewood Open is providing the tightest leaderboard seen on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour this season.

Kieran Muir has been quietly going about his business this week has now jumped to the outright lead at eight under par.

It could a fairytale Sunday for Muir hoping for an All Blacks victory, a maiden win on the tour and all this on his birthday to boot.

“Very happy with the score in the wind today. Started with a couple of bogeys but then targeted the downwind holes, put up the spinnaker and let it fly.”


Muir was the 54 hole leader at the Taranaki Open where he was unable to get the business done and will be looking to rectify that tomorrow.

“Here’s hoping I have learnt something from Taranaki a few weeks ago. I’m a bit more relaxed now, things are going well on and off the course and as long as I’m not too tired from watching the All Blacks I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

With Muir’s consistency during the season, a win tomorrow will also see him take the lead in the Jennian Homes Trophy point’s race.

After leading through 36 holes, New Zealand Amateur Champion Daniel Hillier is in solo second and within striking distance of winning his debut title.

“I had to admit, I was a little nervy starting off today, but once I got into the groove of things it started to come together. I’m enjoying playing with the top pro’s and going head to head for the trophy so it will be a fun day tomorrow.”

“I just have to make sure I worry about my own game and not the occasion. But it’s always exciting when you’re in contention and it’s why you play the game.”

Muir and Hillier will no doubt feel the presence of the chasing pack as we see ten players within four shots of the lead. With plenty of experience in the chasing pack it won’t be easy for Muir and Hillier.

Players such as Brad Shilton, Shaun Jones, Jim Cusdin, Ryan Chisnall and Martin Pettigrew are all nipping at the heels which could create a dramatic final round tomorrow.

In the women’s field there are signs of deja vu as Chantelle Cassidy cruises clear at the top.

In difficult winds Cassidy showed great control whilst carding a one under par round, 71. Her nearest rival after round two Alanna Campbell struggled throughout the day, shooting 80 to fall off the pace.

“Today was more difficult with the wind but happy with the round. You never know with leads like this, anyone can put a low round out there and apply pressure.”

Defending Champion Cassidy was faced with a similar scenario this time last year starting the final round ten shots clear to then finish thirteen strokes ahead of her nearest opponent. She is certainly showcasing her dominance at this event as she holds a lead which will be lose.

“The highlight was finishing with three birdies in a row which has given me confidence coming into the final round.”

The final round will commence at 8:00am



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