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Danny Lee slips to fourth at Scottish Open

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/07/2016

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee dropped two places to be fourth at the blustery Scottish Open but remains firmly in contention to win a second career title on the European Tour.

Lee goes into the final round in Aberdeen alongside South African Justin Walters on nine-under.

The pair are three strokes behind Swedish leader Alex Noren and one back from England's Tyrrell Hatton Italian Mateo Manassero.

World No.48 Lee has the highest ranking of any of them but lost ground on Saturday after carding a two-under 70, which featured three birdies and a bogey.

With the wind nearly matching the howling conditions of the first round, Lee failed to match his six birdies from a flawless second-round 66, played in calmer conditions at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

A US PGA Tour regular, Lee's first professional win came on the European Tour as an 18-year-old amateur when he won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.

He is using the tournament to prepare for next week's Open Championship at Scotland's Royal Troon course.

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