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Lee clinches top-20 finish at Masters

NZN 10/04/2016

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee birdied his 72nd hole at the Masters to finish inside the top-20 as Englishman Danny Willett stormed to an unlikely victory.

Lee, playing in his second Masters, carded a final round of one-under par 71 to be in a four-way tie for 17th and prize money of $US145,000 ($NZ212,765).

The 25-year-old Kiwi put his third day woes behind him with a round of four birdies and three bogeys to close at four-over for the tournament.

He began the final round tied for 23rd, eight shots behind 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth, who capitulated in the first three holes of the back nine to blow a big chance to repeat his 2015 triumph.

Spieth had fired four birdies on the front nine to open up a five-shot lead only to follow successive bogeys on 10 and 11 with a quadruple bogey on the 12th.

It allowed the unheralded Willett, ranked 12th in the world, to emerge from the back with a final round five-under 67 to win by three shots from Spieth and Lee Westwood.

Lee, who was second after the opening round and third after 36 holes, had slid down the field after a seven-over 79 on the third day.

He picked up a shot with a birdie on the second in his final round and went to the turn at one-under.

That advantage went with a bogey at the 10th before the world No. 38 finished birdie-bogey-birdie over the closing three holes.

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