8 Sep 2018

NZ extends lead at Eisenhower

9:37 am on 8 September 2018

New Zealand has extended its lead heading into the final round of the men's world amateur golf championships in Ireland.

Daniel Hillier during day three of the NZ Open.

Daniel Hillier. Photo: ©Photosport Ltd 2018 www.photosport.nz

The team shot a combined 10 under total today, they're 30 under after three rounds with Spain, the US and Thailand three shots back in second.

Spain and the US also shot 10 under today.

Hamilton's Denzel Ieremia shot seven under today and was backed up by a three under from Wellington's Daniel Hillier and two under from Wairarapa's Kerry Mountcastle.

Ieremia shone on the Montgomery Course today with a clinical round of seven-under par to also take a share of the lead at 16-under in the individual standings after his second consecutive bogey-free round.

"I do like Monty [Montgomery Course] - I think the course sets up good for me. I basically played the same as I have all week, just solid and stayed patient, hit a few good shots and holed some putts," said a calm Ieremia.

"I am very excited. We are in a good position heading into tomorrow and it's just a testament to the way all the guys have prepared and how we've planned our way around these two golf courses."

Today's round backs up New Zealand's strong performance yesterday that gave them the lead when Hillier and Ieremia combined for a 13 under total.

The final round will be played overnight.

New Zealand's sole win at the Eisenhower Trophy was back in 1992.