New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee has dropped nine places to a share of 31st place after a one over par 71 at the TPC Southwind course in round three of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Tennessee.

The 21-year-old Korean born Kiwi, who opened with rounds of 69 and 70, is now six shots back from three golfers who share the lead Australian Nick O’Hern and Americans Davis Love III and John Merrick.

Lee, who is projected to climb to 137th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings in his current position, was even par for the first nine holes. He made consecutive bogeys and 10 and 11 before getting one back on the 12th.

The US Amateur champion needs to win this week if he is going to join the US Open field.

Meantime on the Nationwide Tour Tim Wilkinson has dropped nine places at the Mexico Open after a one over par 73 at the El Bosque Golf Club to be tied 26th.

The former PGA Tour player, who had a five under par 67 in round two, is now on a three under par total nine shots back from American Lee Williams.

Hamilton professional Steven Alker also lost ground with a three over par 75 dropping him almost 20 places to a share of 45th on an even par total.

Wilkinson, who is 56th on the Nationwide Tour Order of Merit, and Alker, who is 51st, need to finish inside the top 25 on the money list to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013.




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