Fox of Australia leads New Zealand Open after Day 2 with final-hole eagle

Jake Higginbottom at the BMW New Zealand Open
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Jake Higginbottom peered into the pond near the 18th green on Friday after his approach shot went awry in the second round of the BMW New Zealand Open.
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Series: Other Tour

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australian Daniel Fox eagled the 18th hole on Friday to complete a 3-under par 69 and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the BMW New Zealand Open on the PGA Tour of AustralAsia.

Fox offset an early bogey with birdies on the seventh and 16th holes before finishing with his eagle on the par-4 18th to overtake compatriots Ryan Haller and 19-year-old amateur Jake Higginbottom.

Only 10 players had sub-par totals after two blustery rounds at the Clearwater Resort. Overnight leader Craig Hancock, who started the day at 4 under, had a 75 and was one of seven players tied for fourth place at 1 under par.

Higginbottom, runner-up at last year's New South Wales Open, had four birdies and two bogeys in 70 to follow his even-par opening round.