New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee feels like he is on the cusp of something special.
The former World No.1 amateur, who has made the cut in nine out 15 events in his debut season on the PGA Tour, missed the third round cut at the Travelers Championship (which is unusual on the PGA Tour as most events only have a two round cut) by three shots.
But the Korean-born- Kiwi is unfazed and feels like he is gaining momentum as he aims to qualify for the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. Lee dropped three places to 148thon the Fed Ex Standings and needs to get inside the top 125 to qualify for the first event in early August – the Barclays at the Westchester Country Club.
Lee said it was nice to be back in action after his first tournament in a few weeks and is looking forward to this week’s A T & T National to further advance his tour position.
“I was hitting the ball really well but my putting was a little bit off,” said the 21-year-old who was in Washington preparing for his 16thtournament this year.
“I was pretty happy with what I have done [at the Travelers Championship]…I was playing ok. I have got a good stretch of tournaments coming up so I have just got to keep it rolling.”
Lee’s best finish for 2012 is a tie for 19that the Byron Nelson Championship after rounds of 71, 71, 68 and 67. His other highlights include sharing the round one lead at the A T & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a nine under par 63, where he finished tied 25th, and making a hole in one at the Humana Challenge.
However Lee hasn’t delivered the consistency he wants. His goal for the rest of the season is pretty simple.
“I am just trying to finish as high as possible. It seems like everything is going really well. I have just got to sew all the different pieces of my game together. I am just trying to play better that is my goal at the moment.”
Lee knows he is in a privileged position on the PGA Tour and wants to make the most of that opportunity. The former US Amateur Champion is not stressed about keeping his card.
“I am not really worried about it. I haven’t really been playing well but my game is starting to improve quite a lot. I have learnt many things in the last six months so I’ll try to add that all together and play better.
“Once you are in here you really don’t want to go out you know. I really worked hard for getting on the PGA Tour and now I am on the PGA Tour I really like it on here and I have just got to play better.”
The World No. 182, who is based in Irving Texas, loves living in America and hopes that comes through in his performances on the game’s most lucrative tour.
“I am starting to feel really comfortable out here with the different conditions and weather. I am much more comfortable than I was at the start of the year.”
Lee by his own admission “hasn’t really been playing well” in 2012 and yet still is in touch of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. If he can improve on his position in the coming weeks it promises to make for some exciting Monday mornings for Kiwi golf fans following his progress.
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