Kiwi Zwart chasing second PNG Open
BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2014 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open | Round Two | 09 May 2014
New Zealand professional Pieter Zwart will be gunning for back-to-back victories at the $145,000 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open Championship’s as the event heats up heading into the final two rounds.
Zwart, who was the overnight leader, managed an even par 72 in today’s second round, while Kristopher Mueck continued to move in the right direction, to take the outright lead by one shot at six under, after a two under par 70.
Mueck continues to play solid golf around the Royal Port Moresby Golf Course, though it will be Zwart over the weekend that will have the most to gain, as he attempts to be the first duel champion in the 20 year history of Papua New Guinea’s National Golf Championship.
“Although my putter has been a little cold, the key to my game over the first two rounds has been keeping the ball in play and recovering well,” said Zwart. “It would mean the world to me to win here again and be the first to win this Championship twice, though with the Royal Port Moresby Golf Course playing tougher than it ever has before, anything could happen over the weekend.”
For Mueck however, a win here over the weekend would be the breakout victory he has been patiently waiting for. “Although I have won a number of Pro Ams back home, a win here this week would certainly top any event that I have previously won,” Mueck said. “This is a high class event, with a high class field and although I am currently where I need to be, there is still plenty of golf to be played,” Mueck went on to say.
Many of the local galleries were hoping for the home grown talent to shine, but unfortunately it looks as though they will need to wait another year to see one of their own claim their National Open. August Peni is currently the leading PNG professional, while Nelson Gabriel is further shot behind.