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Kiwi golfer Lee charges home in Florida

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/03/2017

Kiwi No.1 Danny Lee produced his best round of a patchy US PGA Tour season to finish 17th at the latest event in Florida.

Lee shot a flawless five-under 67 to surge 39 places on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

Three birdies on the front nine and two coming home boosted Lee to the best round by any player on Sunday and handed the struggling New Zealander a boost of confidence.

Having made the cut once in the last two months, Lee was in danger of losing his Kiwi top ranking to Michael Hendry, who climbed to 118th on the back of his New Zealand Open win. Lee had slipped to 103rd.

Ranked outside the top-150 on the Tour's points standings, Lee will climb 23 places this week.

His three-under tally in Orlando left Lee eight strokes behind Australian winner Marc Leishman, who bagged a first US PGA Tour title since 2012.

Leishman placed one stroke clear of American overnight leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman.

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