KIWI PRO WATCH: R.LEE STAYS IN TOUCH IN JAPAN

18/08/2012

Auckland professional Richard Lee is in a share of 16thplace at the Kansai Open Golf Championship on the Japan Golf Tour after playing 16 holes in one under par in the third round before play was suspended. 

Lee was looking to continue the momentum he gained in round two where he shot a five under par 66 to get to a six under par total and a share of ninth place at the halfway stage. He is currently on a seven under par total, seven shots back from the leader Japanese pro Yuta Ikeda.   

 

The 39-year-old, who is the only Kiwi to shoot a 59 in competitive golf in New Zealand, began well on moving day with three birdies on the front nine at the Izumigaoka Country Club.

 

But he slipped up after the turn making a bogey at the 10thand a three-putt double bogey at the par 3 13thto drop back to even par for the round. He rallied with a birdie at the 14thto get back to seven under par.  .

 

Lee had his best finish in the opening event of the year when he tied for 26that the Token Homemate Cup.

 

He is currently 98thon the Japan Golf Tour money list with $31,000(NZD) and needs to climb inside the top 70 players on the Order of Merit to retain his status on the Japan Tour.    

 

Another Lee, New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee has missed the cut of the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour by one shot.

 

The former US Amateur Champion, who opened with a one over par 71 at the Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina to be in a share of 100thplace, carded a one under 69 to get back to an ever par total but just miss the weekend.

 

He is projected to drop to 159 on the Fed Ex Cup Standings and will miss the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs where he had to finish inside the top 125 to qualify for the first event, the Barclays on August 23 - 26.

 

The former New Zealand Eisenhower rep made three birdies and two bogeys in his one under par 69 as he missed the cut for the eighth time this season on the PGA Tour.

 

Meantime on the web.com Tour, formerly Nationwide Tour, Hamilton professional Steve Alker has shot a one under 70 to slip from a share of 15thplace to tied 31stat the Midwest Classic in Kansas.

 

Alker, who played finished tied 19that the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, had three birdies and two bogeys to be on a four under par total, six shots back from the leader Canadian Bryan DeCorso.

 

Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson, who was three under par through 13 holes before play was suspended, completed a three under par 68 in the first round.

 

He carded a one over par 72 in the afternoon for round two to drop from a share of 15thplace to tied 49thon a two under par total.

 

Wilkinson and Alker are currently 66thand 83rdon the web.com Tour Money List respectively and need to finish inside the top 25 to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013.

 

 

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