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Gates leads NZ Open after second round

Gates leads NZ Open after second round

American Robert Gates shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Australia's Andrew Dodt after the second round of the New Zealand Open.
Gates had a 12-under 132 total at The Hills in an event which is the season opener for the U.S. Nationwide Tour and co-sanctioned by the Australasian PGA. Dodt shot a 68.
American D.J. Brigman (69) was three strokes back at 9 under, and countrymen Kevin Chappell (66) and Darron Stiles (69) were 8 under.
The best of the New Zealand hopes is David Smail at 5-under. Smail was tied with Gates and Dodt for the first-round lead.
"I'm playing well, hit a lot of great shots and made some good putts," said Gates, who has switched to the Nationwide Tour after playing on the Canadian Tour.
"There are no real weaknesses right now and while I hit a few bad irons I managed to get up and down. I still need to capitalize on some opportunities on some of the easier holes."


Updated : 2021-05-13 08:23 GMT+08:00