KIWI PRO WATCH: R.LEE ENJOYS BEST FINISH IN JAPAN

20/08/2012

 

Auckland professional Richard Lee has enjoyed his best finish on the Japan Golf Tour for 2012.

 

 

The 39-year-old carded an even par 71 in the final round the Kansai Open Golf Championship to claim a share of 22nd place and earn $9300 (NZD).

Lee shot rounds of 70, 66, 69 and 71 for an eight under par total at the Izumigaoka Country Club to climb eight places to 90thposition on the Japan Golf Tour’s Order of Merit.

He started in fine form in the fourth round with two birdies in the opening five holes elevating him into the top 10 but he made costly bogeys on holes eight, 12 and 15 to drop back. He rallied with a birdie on the final hole for an even par round.

It his best finish for the season after finishing tied for 26that the Token Homemate Cup in the first event of the season.

Another Lee, New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee missed the cut at 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 100th place, 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 has missed the top 125 to qualify for the first Fed Ex Playoff Event the Barclays this week.

Meantime on the web.com Tour, formerly Nationwide Tour, Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson has fired a two under par 69 to finish tied 35th at the Midwest Classic in Kansas.

The former PGA Tour pro had rounds of 68, 72, 68 and 69 to finish on a seven under par total, 10 shots back from the American champion Shawn Stefani.

Hamilton professional Steve Alker has shot a one over par 72 in the final round to finish in a share of 60thplace.

Wilkinson and Alker are currently 66th and 82ndon 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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