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Lee survives cut after late eagle heroics

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/07/2016

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has drained an eagle on the 18th hole to sneak inside the cut at the Canadian Open.

Lee sank a 30-foot putt on the par-five final hole of his second round at the US PGA Tour event to qualify for the weekend by one stroke.

It capped a round of one-under 71 which lifted the top-ranked Kiwi 35 places to a share of 62nd.

He is two-over, nine strokes behind American co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Luke List, but pleased he will get two more rounds at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario to prepare for next week's final major of the year - the US PGA Championship in New Jersey.

It was a contrasting story for Kiwi Tim Wilkinson, who sat inside the cut line for much of his second round but dropped five shots in his last five holes to shoot 74 and finish five-over.

Meanwhile, second-ranked Kiwi Ryan Fox has blown out in his second round at the second-tier European Challenge Tour event in Le Vaudreuil, France.

Defending champion Fox was third overnight but he plunged to 48th on one-under following a five-over 76.

Fox, who will contest the Olympic men's tournament alongside Lee, survived the cut by two shots but is 11 strokes behind French leader Clement Sordet.

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