South Pacific Open Championship

Australian golfer Jake McLeod extends lead in Noumea

The 22 year old tour rookie opened his second round at the Tina Golf Course with a birdie on the first hole and eagled the par five 14th hole for the second day running.

He went on to fire a four under par 67, despite making a bogey on the last hole, to reach 12 under par.

"I hit it well again today and gave myself a lot of opportunities," said McLeod.

"I was really comfortable out there. I hit 16 greens and putted really well. I bogeyed the last but it was a tough three putt.

Fiji golfer Sam Lee to come out swinging

 The 26 year old made his professional debut 18 months ago at the New Zealand PGA Championship and also competed on home soil at the Fiji International.

But after missing out at qualifying school he has spent the bulk of 2016 at home reshaping his game.

"I''ve had a few ups and downs...I've had just a lot of time just to really figure things out and work out and get my game back to where I want it," he said.