TWO TIED AT THE TOP AT THE AUTEX MURIWAI OPEN

1/08/2020

After a typical blustery day at Muriwai Golf Club, Ryan Chisnall and Jordan Loof share the lead going into the final day at the Autex Muriwai Open on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

The pair lead by three at nine-under par after moving day, which saw plenty of movement with players moving both up and down the leaderboard.

Overnight leader Chisnall got off to a slow start being two-over par through the opening nine holes of the day to lose his lead. He rallied on the back nine and took advantage of the par 5’s with birdies on the 12th and 14th holes to make up the shots dropped on the front.

He says calling on previous experiences in brutal Muriwai conditions was key out there on moving day.

“All in all, I’m very happy with even-par out there today. If you had told me at the beginning of the round I was going to shoot even-par in those conditions I probably would have taken it.

“I’m still in contention and I’ll have a good battle with Jordy out there tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it,” Chisnall says.

The Tasman professional has won once on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour at the Harewood Open. He says he will need to produce some of the golf he played back then to get the job done come tomorrow, especially with the form Loof showed today.

“It was impressive to watch. He got off to a fast start and the conditions were brutal. It was great to see.

“My mindset has been pretty relaxed the whole week. I’ve had four months away from competitive golf so it’s just nice to be playing again.

“I’ve been in this position before of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour so I’m looking forward to getting into it tomorrow. Hopefully I get to experience those winning juices again tomorrow,” he says.

Loof will do his best to have his say in that tomorrow.

He equaled the round of the day today with three-under to climb to nine-under for the tournament. He says although his scorecard says three-under, it felt a lot lower than that.

“Three-under felt like 10-under under out there,” he laughs.

“I think everyone was hanging on by the skin of their teeth today. I managed to get it to four-under after 10 holes and after that I was just grinding out pars on a lot of holes.”

He says making the most of the opportunities that come your way is key in these windy conditions.

“I’ve been hitting a lot of greens and my short game feels really sharp at the moment. If I can keep this up come tomorrow it will be interesting to see how I handle it. I can’t wait,” says an excited Loof.

The Akarana professional is yet to get a win under his belt in the professional ranks and is something he hopes changes come tomorrow afternoon.

“The nerves held up okay today. The first few holes the blood is always pumping, and the hands are a little shaky, but I got into a groove out there.

“I haven’t won anything since club champs back in 2013.

“It’d be awesome to win. I didn’t think I would have a shot at winning one of these for quite a while so it’s nice to be in the mix. Obviously, it’s a new experience being in contention come Sunday but I’m sure it will be a real thrill. I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” he says.

New National Academy member and North harbor amateur James Hydes is three shots back in third place.

Play gets underway at 8.30 tomorrow morning.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Hydes, James 170.25
    2 Kobori, Kazuma 134.84
    3 Thompson, Mako 110.28
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 94.89
    5 Jones, Samuel 93.31
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Chung, Darae 218.92
    2 Kobori, Momoka 159.50
    3 Xu, Fiona 128.24
    4 Son, Yeonsoo 96.58
    5 Lu, Vivian 91.25