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Lee in share of second at US Open

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016

<p>Danny Lee</p> © Getty/Sam Greenwood

Danny Lee

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee is sitting in a tie for second during the back nine of his opening round at the United States Open in Pennsylvania.

World No.43 Lee is two-under par after 11 holes, during an error-free performance at Oakmont, and has picked up birdies at the par-five fourth fifth and the par-three sixth.

His birdie at the sixth had an element of good fortune with the 25-year-old missing the green with his tee shot but then chipping in.

He and American two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson were three shots behind surprise Andrew Landry on a storm-affected day.

American Landry, the world No.624 and playing in his first major, had five bridies in 13 holes before a second lengthy rain delay.

Overnight storms softened what Lee said earlier in the week was a "brutal" course.

Defending champion and world No.2 Jordan Spieth was even through nine holes.

The other New Zealander in the field, Tim Wilkinson, has an afternoon tee time.

However, Wilkinson, who will be making his debut in a major event, could have his start delayed, with further bad weather forecast.

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