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Lee drops while Alker climbs in California

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017
<p>Danny Lee</p> © Getty/Sam Greenwood

Danny Lee

New Zealand golf No.1 Danny Lee has slumped from second place to outside the top-20 following the third round of the PGA Tour stop in California.

Starting out one stroke off the lead, Lee carded a four-over 76 at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta to drop to nine-over.

Alongside him in a share of 21st is compatriot Steve Alker, who managed a four-under 68.

The tournament is played at three different venues, with Alker thriving on the slightly easier La Quinta course.

Lee's bogey-laden round came at the demanding Nicklaus Tournament Course, where a third Kiwi, Tim Wilkinson, shot 70 to improve to seven-under and avoid the cut by three shots.

The leader on 17-under is unheralded Canadian Adam Hadwin, who equalled the La Quinta course record by shooting 59.

He is just the eighth golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 and equalled the record for birdies in a round with 13.

Second-placed Dominic Bozzelli of the United States is a shot behind Hadwin.

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