Parry hits form at NZ Open

Craig Parry finished with three birdies in a three-under 69 to grab a share of the lead after two rounds of the New Zealand Open at the Clearwater golf club in Christchurch.

The 45-year-old Parry is equal with overnight leader Brad Kennedy and New Zealand’s Josh Geary at 5-under-par.

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Australian amateur Jake Higginbottom went out early to shoot 68 and briefly shared the lead with Kennedy.

Higginbottom then fell back into a three-way tie for fourth with Leigh McKechnie and New Zealand’s Doug Holloway.

For Parry, who won the New Zealand Open in 2002, the lead comes as a welcome change given his lack of match fitness.

“I really haven’t played much this year so my expectations aren’t as great as probably what everyone else is,” said Parry.

“The only advantage I have got over a lot of the other guys is that I have already won a New Zealand Open so the pressure is on them rather than me.”

The winner of 23 professional tournaments worldwide, Parry admits he loves playing in New Zealand and it rubs off on his game.

“Anytime you get into contention at a national open I think is fantastic. I have always loved coming to play in New Zealand anyway, but to have a chance to get another one would be great.”