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Lee drops down Masters leaderboard with 79

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/04/2016
Danny Lee © Getty Images Danny Lee

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has fallen down the leaderboard at the Masters after a seven-over 79 on a windy third day.

Tied for third overnight, just three shots of the pace, Lee ended with a card that included three birdies, eight bogeys and a double-bogey to be five-over after 54 holes.

He will go into the final day at Augusta National in a tie for 23rd, eight shots behind leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth.

Spieth, who also led at the end of the first two rounds, had built a four-shot buffer as he stood on the 17th tee, but then finished with a bogey and double-bogey for a one-over 73.

He is one stroke ahead of fellow American Smylie Kaufmann, a Masters rookie who had the day's best score of 69.

The 25-year-old Lee, the world No.38, was in trouble early on, with three bogeys and a double bogey in his first six holes.

He made a brief comeback by picking up shots on the eighth and 10th, but there was just one more birdie among five bogeys over the rest of his round.

Lee is playing in the Masters for the second time, having missed the cut as an amateur seven years ago.

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