New Zealand Open: Kiwi Josh Geary fires into contention on moving day

Kiwi golfer Josh Geary has shot into contention at the New Zealand Open with a scintillating round of nine under par to sit in second position after three rounds.

Geary gave a new meaning to the term 'moving day', signing for a 63 in a round that included eight birdies, an eagle and a bogey.

The 34-year-old started the day eight shots behind overnight leader Zach Murray of Australia, but that evaporated during the day, as the golfer from Mount Maunganui lit up the Hills Course in Arrowtown.

Geary had five birdies in his first eight holes to make the turn in 31, then birdies on 10 and 11 helped him to seven under, before making the only blemish on his card - a bogey on 12.

A birdie on 14 and a superb eagle on 15 helped the world number 1035 to a share of the day's best round.

Australian Murray birdied the last two holes of the day to sign for a two-under-par 70 to hold a one-shot lead over Geary heading into the final round.

New Zealander Harry Bateman flew into contention, finishing five under in his last five holes to shoot a five-under-par 67 and sit three shots behind the leader at 14 under.

New Zealand number one Ryan Fox failed to capitalise on perfect scoring conditions, shooting a one-under-par 71 to sit tied for 12th, seven shots back.



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