A third round 67 has taken David Smail from tied 40th into contention at the Fiji International today.
After rounds of 76, 71 and today's 67, the lowest score of the entire third round at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, Smail, 44, is on two-under par - six strokes behind Australian leaders Steven Jeffress and Jake Higginbottom.
As the leading Kiwi, Smail is closely followed by Auckland professional Ryan Fox who is one shot further back on one-under.
Both Richard Lee and New Zealand number four Michael Hendry have fallen well back in the field on seven-over par.
Meanwhile, Danny Lee missed the cut on the PGA Tour today.
Lee was well off the pace at the Wyndham Championship with rounds of 73 and 70 seeing him miss the cut by five shots - and 13 strokes behind halfway leaders Heath Slocum and Scott Langley.
The result is projected to drop Lee six places down the PGA Tour season money list to 115th - but he is guaranteed to finish inside the top 125 for the season and retain his tour card, as will fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson, who is taking a week off, and holds a current rank of 107th.
Both players will feature in next week's first event of the money-spinning PGA Tour post-season playoffs.
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