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Late bogey run stymies Lee charge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/04/2017
<p>Danny Lee</p> © Getty/Sam Greenwood

Danny Lee

Danny Lee has eased up the leaderboard at the Houston Open to sit in a share of 11th despite a late bogey run at the end of his second round.

The Kiwi No.1 was 30th overnight after mixing seven birdies with four bogeys to card an opening three under 69.

He looked on course to close in on the leaders after firing five birdies across the front nine then adding a sixth at the par-five 13th.

But he fell off with three consecutive bogeys from 15 through 17 to end the day with another three-under 69 for a two-round total of 138, 10 strokes astray of runaway leader Sung Kang of South Korea.

Kang holds a six-stroke lead over Americans Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley, while overnight leader Rickie Fowler's one-under 71 meant he slipped down to fourth.

Lee, who shares 11th place with five others, must win the PGA Tour event to have any chance of competing at next week's US Masters, the opening men's major of the year in Augusta.

He hasn't been at his best in 2017, slipping outside the world top 100 and to 137th on the PGA Tour's points race.

The 26-year-old has competed at Augusta twice previously and at eight major tournaments in total. His best result came at last year's Masters, when he placed 17th.

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