Pearce extends NZ Masters lead

New Zealander Daniel Pearce has extended his New Zealand Masters lead by two shots at Wainui Golf Club in Auckland, but Australian Matthew Millar is hot on his heels.

Pearce shot a third-round two-under 69 in blustery conditions to sit nine under the card heading into the final round.

Only four of the 55 players finished their rounds under par, leaving Pearce satisfied despite what he described as "a pretty up and down" round.

"I stuck to a very similar game plan to my last two days but obviously I had to play a couple of different clubs off tees with the way the winds were," he said.

"I've hit a lot of six-irons and seven-irons this week just to get in play and give myself a shot at the green."

Millar last year chased down runaway leader Pearce at the Queensland PGA Championship in Toowoomba, forcing a thrilling six-hole play-off that the big-hitting Kiwi eventually won for his first professional victory.

Pearce and Millar will play 18 holes together in the leading group on Sunday.

Millar shot the round of the day on Saturday, a four-under 67 leaving him outright second and just two shots behind Pearce.

"I was pretty solid today, not too many mistakes," said Millar.

"The wind was in a slightly different direction early on, which just made those opening holes on the front nine a little tougher.

"I was happy just to get through the first couple and give myself a chance to build on that. I then made the turn with a couple of birdies."

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