Golf: Kiwi pair Daniel Hillier, Ryan Fox working together in preparation for the Open Championship

On Friday morning, Daniel Hillier and Ryan Fox will tee off in golf's oldest Major - The Open Championship.

The two are at very different stages of their respective careers, but they've been helping each other out this week, aiming to become the first Kiwi to lift the famous claret Jug since Sir Bob Charles in 1963.

In just his second major championship ever Hillier doesn't look out of place in the fairways of Royal Saint Georges on the eve of the Open, two years after his debut Major at Pebble Beach. 

"It's nice to see my games progressed in the right direction," Hillier tells Newshub.

"I feel a lot more comfortable in this environment than I did back then."

And the 22-year-old has a familiar face alongside him during prep week - Kiwi No.1 Ryan Fox.

"It's good to play a practice round with him and pick his brains a little bit but at the same time. 

"It makes it feel like home having a familiar face there to play with. 

Fox,  about to tee off in his 11th Major, appears happy to help the next generation of Kiwi golfers. 

"If they can learn even one little thing off me and i can help them along the way then that's great," says Fox.

"I think the future of NZ golf looks pretty good at this point."

Hillier hopes to be part of that future and is aware of how big this week could be in jumpstarting his professional career.

"There have been plenty of golfers in the past who came out of these majors living a completely different lifestyle just from one good week," he says.

And a good result will land Hillier with more tournament opportunities in the coming years, while it could also secure a European Tour card next season for Fox.

"I just need to put it all together. I haven't managed to do that for a week yet, says Fox.

"There's always been something that's not quite right." 

Kiwi golf fans hope these two will do the Silver Fern proud over the next four days.