Golf: Australian pair Matthew Griffin, Scott Hend share lead heading into final round of New Zealand Open

Australian pair Matthew Griffin and Scott Hend share the lead heading into the final round of the New Zealand Open, both sitting at 14-under after Saturday's third round.  

Griffin, 40, shot up the leaderboard at Millbrook Resort, after carding a four-under 67 on Saturday, putting him into a share of the lead with his compatriot.  

"Going into the Sunday at Heritage, I didn't know how I'd feel leading a big tournament," Griffin said.   

"Having the confidence that I was able to head off some good challengers on the last day means I'll be positive heading into tomorrow.   

"There are a lot of good players just behind me, but I'll make sure I'm hard to beat."  

Griffin has already won the New Zealand Open once in his career, doing so at the same venue in 2016.

Overnight leader Scott Hend meanwhile carded a two-under 69 in his third round, after an inconsistent back nine saw the Australian unable to pull away from the chasing pack.  

The 50-year-old made an eagle on the 16th, but a bogey on the 15th, double bogey on the 11th, and four birdies for good measure.  

Kiwi Josh Geary sits one shot behind the leading pair, and is the best-placed of the local hopes at 13-under, after making a three-under 68 on Saturday.  

He's in a three-way tie alongside Japanese pair Kodai Ichihara and Takahiro Hataji.  

Ichihara had the round of the day on Saturday, and made an eight-under 63 to rocket into contention.  

Hataji meanwhile made a five-under 66, and will also be in with a chance of taking the title on Sunday.