KIWI PRO WATCH: LEE FINISHES THIRD IN MEXICO

17/11/2014

Danny Lee had mixed emotions after finishing in a share of third place at the OHL Classic on the PGA Tour in Mayakoba, Mexico.

 

The 24-year-old began the final round in a share of fifth place but jumped into the outright lead when he made seven birdies in a row to make the turn in seven-under par 29.

 

The former US Amateur Champion faded on the demanding back nine at the El Camaleon Golf Club as he made three bogeys coming home to sign for a four-under par 67 and finished in a share of third place.

Lee finished on a 15-under par total, two shots back from American Charley Hoffman who played superbly on the closing stretch to secure his third PGA Tour title.

Lee, a former World No.1 amateur, was circumspect as he missed his chance to become the first Kiwi to win on the PGA Tour since Michael Campbell who famously claimed the US Open in 2005.

“I’m not happy with the way I finished,” said Lee after his round. “But the back nine on this golf course is very tough and you kind of have to hit perfect golf shots to make birdies on the back nine which I didn’t.

Lee admitted that he found closing out his first win on the PGA Tour a real challenge.

“I think I was a little bit nervous and I was rushing myself. I should have taken a little bit more time, but there’s always next week and next year I’m looking forward to playing all of the events in 2015 next year.”

Lee’s top-three finish sees him climb 53 places on the Fed Ex Cup money-list to No.18 and puts him in a great place to qualify for most of the PGA Tour events in 2015.

He will take huge confidence from the world-class stretch of golf where he poured in seven consecutive birdies in nonchalant fashion.

“I think it’s all about the momentum. Ken [Duke] and Fred [Funk] were such nice guys, they were just giving me more and more motivation and giving me a fist pump every time I made a birdie. I think that little stuff definitely helps and keeps you going.”

Lee said that he lost his momentum when he started having back pain on the back nine. He suffered pain in his back throughout the tournament and spent a lot of time on the physiotherapy table to get it right.

“I took lots of Advil before I teed off. But, it kind of got to [the point] where it wore off, and my back was kind of fatigued. I hit a couple of bad tee shots in the wrong areas there, but I know that it could have been a lot better. I’m still happy with the way I played.”

There have been seven Kiwi golfers win on the PGA Tour throughout its history and Danny Lee has shown today he is good enough to add his name to that list sometime soon.

LPGA Tour: Ko finished top-10 in Mexico

World No.3 Lydia ko has celebrated a successful week with another top 10 finish on the LPGA Tour.

The 17-year-old, who earlier this week was named as the youngest winner of the LPGA Rookie of the Year award, has finished in a share of ninth place at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico.

The four-time LPGA Tour winner had rounds of 68, 69, 74 and 72 to finish on a five-under par total, 10 shots back from Shanshan Feng (China) and Christina Kim (USA) before Kim prevailed in the playoff.

The former NZ Women’s Open Champion, who remains in third positon on the CME Money-List, has now recorded two victories, two runner-ups, and 10 additional top-10 finishes in her dream rookie season in 2014.

NSW Open: Geary finishes runner-up in Sydney

Mount Maunganui professional Josh Geary has come up just short of claiming his second title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

The 30-year-old finished in a share of the lead at the NSW Open with Victorian Anthony Brown and the Australian went on to claim the title after a two hole playoff at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

Starting the day three shots off the lead, Brown went quietly about his business to shoot three-under 69 and tie New Zealand's Geary at 14-under 274 at the end of regulation play.

After 15 holes Brown had caught overnight co-leaders Geary and James Nitties at 14-under the card however a bogey on the par-3 16th saw him drop out off the pace.

Heading to the 18th hole, now two shots off the lead, Brown made a clutch birdie to be in the clubhouse at 14-under the card.

He watched on as Nitties made bogey on 16 and then Geary on 17, he briefly held the outright lead, but a birdie on 18 from Geary saw them headed to a playoff.

The 18th hole was played as the sudden death hole. Both players made birdie on their first playoff hole and on the second time down 18, Brown made birdie to claim his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

“It was a pretty tough week, it was stinking hot Friday then today with this wind I am just relieved to be done,” said Brown.

“I came second in the Australian PGA Championship a few years ago, it’s about time I stood up and had a win. It feels great.”

Australian-based Kiwi Michael Long finished in a share of fifth place, four shots back, and Masterton professional Ben Campbell finished in a share of 13th place.

 

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