Tour rookie Jake McLeod picked up today where he left off yesterday securing his hold of top spot on the South Pacific Open Championship leaderboard.

Jake McLeodBeginning the second round with a two shot lead, McLeod started his day with a birdie on the 1st hole.

McLeod went on to fire 4-under 67, despite making a bogey on the last, to hold a three shot lead heading into the third round.

"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."

"I think the pressure might start to kick in tomorrow and it will be there on the weekend for sure. But hopefully it's another good round tomorrow."

The par-5 14th and par-4 15th at Tina Golf Course continue to be kind to McLeod, who is 7-under on those holes alone so far this week.

"I was going ok all day then I eagled 14 again and birdied 15 so it got me going," added McLeod, who is 12-under the card after his first two days of work.

"They are my favourite holes on the course at the moment but we will see tomorrow."

Another Tour rookie, Tom Power Horan is outright second on the leaderboard with a two round total of 9-under the card after he fired the equal best round of the day.

Power Horan and Matt Millar, who is tied 3rd, both recorded 6-under 65 in the second round.  

 "I started on the first, hit driver to about eight feet and made eagle, so I got off to a nice start," said Power Horan.

"It's nice to gain on the lead, you don't want to be too far back. But 36 holes it a lot of holes around here. You can get a lot of two shot swing holes and there are some really hard holes to finish."

Starting the week without any expectations, Power Horan is happy with his first two rounds but needs to keep building if he is to win the South Pacific Open.

"Putting four rounds all together is definitely an art and it is hard."

"If you have one poor round you are going to fall away. To finish up the top you can't afford to do that."  

"There are a lot of young guys that play well here which is good. But the field here is really good, it's very deep."

Joining Millar in a tie for 3rd on 7-under the card are Harry Bateman (NZ), Ben Clementson (NSW) and Jason Norris (SA).

Neven Basic (NSW) and Adam Blyth (QLD) are a further shot back while a group of six players round out the top-10 on 5-under the card.

The second round cut was made at 3-over par with 64 Professionals and three amateurs making the final two rounds.

The third round of the South Pacific Open Championship tees off at 7.12am with McLeod on course at 11am.