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Kiwi Lee shares second place at US Masters

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/04/2016

Danny Lee of New Zealand plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. © David Cannon/GETTY IMAGES Danny Lee of New Zealand plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. New Zealand's Danny Lee holds a share of second place at the Masters after a sublime opening round at Augusta National.

Lee carded a four-under 68 to be two strokes behind clubhouse leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth of the United States.

The Kiwi was level with Ireland's Shane Lowry, who still have five holes to play and was one of 25 golfers still to complete the first round.

In gusty conditions, Lee endured a tumultuous front nine, mixing three birdies with two bogeys.

He settled down on a flawless back nine, shooting three birdies, including a deft putt from off the green at the par-three 12th and a pinpoint tee shot on the par-three 16th.

Lee has contested the Masters once before, when he missed the cut in 2009 in his last tournament as an amateur.

He has missed the cut in three out of four major tournaments contested. The exception was a 43rd-place finish at last year's PGA Championship.

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