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Lee targets major advances at Royal Troon

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

Danny Lee is encouraged by a smooth transition to links golf as he targets an improvement to his modest record at major tournaments in Scotland this week.

The New Zealand No.1 will contest his seventh major at the Open Championship, where the Royal Troon Golf Club will test the field's ability to handle links conditions.

It is a particular challenge for US PGA Tour-based players such as Lee but the 25-year-old impressed with his precision at last week's Scottish Open, where he was in contention throughout and finished in a share of third.

His experience at the Castle Stuart Golf Links in Aberdeen has provided a mental boost.

"I realised I didn't have to worry about the kicks and where it might roll," he told journalists.

"Before, I was worrying about all that stuff and I couldn't really hit good shots every time but now I'm just thinking about my shot and where I want to land it and that's about it."

World No.40 Lee struggled in his Open Championship debut last year, missing the cut by three shots.

He has missed the cut in half of his six majors and finished outside the top-40 in two others. A share of 17th at this year's Masters Tournament is the stand-out performance.

Lee and fellow-Kiwi Steven Alker have been handed early tee-off times on Thursday, giving them a chance to evade the wind which inevitably increases on the west coast course near Glasgow.

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