KIWI PRO WATCH: LEE QUALIFIES FOR WEEK TWO OF THE PLAYOFFS

25/08/2014

Danny Lee will have mixed feelings after qualifying for week two of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour. 

The 24-year-old Rotorua professional carded a two-over par 73 in the final round of The Barclays in New Jersey today to finish in a share of 38th place, 11 shots back from the champion Hunter Mahan.

 

Lee advanced from 116th on the Fed Ex Cup standings to 96th and inside the top 100 players who will compete next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.

But it could have been so much better for the former US Amateur Champion.

Lee began the final round superbly. He was three-under par through his opening five holes at the Ridgewood Country Club to get to eight-under par and into a share of third place.

The former World No.1 amateur, who opened with rounds of 67, 71 and 70 to be in contention, made six bogeys and a birdie in his final 10 holes for a forgettable finish.

Meanwhile, Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson will not play week two of the playoffs.

The 36-year-old from Palmerston North had rounds of 72, 71 and 72 missed the third round cut and slipped five places on the Fed Ex Cup standings to 119th and outside the top 100 players.

LPGA Tour: Ko fades in the final round

Further north, Lydia Ko has faded in the final round of the Canadian Open on the LPGA Tour to finish in a share of 55th place.

The World No.3, who had opened with rounds of 70, 69 and 72 at the London Hutt and Country Club in Ontario, carded a four-over par 76 to drop 22 places down the leaderboard.

The two-time defending champion finished on a one-under par total, 22 shots adrift of the champion South Korean professional So Yeon Ryu.

It is Ko’s worst finish on the LPGA Tour in 2014 and she will look to regroup for the year’s final major – the Evian Championship in France from September 11 – 14.

The Evian Championship, where Ko finished runner-up last year as an amateur, is the Kiwi’s final chance to become the youngest major champion in history.

Youth Olympics: Kiwis tied 12th after round one

The Kiwis have made a solid start to the Mixed Team’s event at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Wellington golfer Julianne Alvarez and Waikato rep Nick Coxon combined for a four-under par 68 in the round one foursomes at the Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Club to be in a share of 12th place.

Alvarez and Coxon will begin the round two Four-ball seven shots back from the Koreans - Eun Ho Youm and Soyoung Lee - who combined superbly for an 11-under par 61 to lead by one stroke.

The Kiwis played the opening nine holes in one-under par 35 before coming home in three-under par 33 to keep pace with the fast start.

They come into their final of the Youth Olympics in good form after Alvarez and Coxon finished in a share of 7th and 15th place respectively in their individual events.

The team’s event consists of foursomes, Four-ball and in round three, the men’s individual and women’s individual scores will count.

The gross scores for all three rounds (four x 18 hole scores) are combined to form the team score.

 

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    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Kobori, Kazuma 144.73
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 126.40
    3 Wood, Tyler 96.00
    4 Brown, Luke 94.40
    5 Hillier, Daniel 92.00
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Khoo, Caryn 113.33
    2 Lee, Jeong Hyun 103.20
    3 Dryland, Brittney 91.91
    4 Lim, Carmen 87.47
    5 Lee, Danika 70.82