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Lee third at Scottish Open

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/07/2016

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has warmed up for the Open Championship with a fighting third-place finish at the Scottish Open in Aberdeen.

Lee picked up one place on the final day at the Castle Stuart Golf Links, carding a flawless three-under 69 to reach 12-under.

The world No.48 finished two shots behind Swedish winner Alex Noren, who was a stroke clear of England's Tyrrell Hatton. Alongside Lee were Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Italian Matteo Manassero.

Lee was among the leaders throughout the four days, the US PGA Tour-based player having made a smooth adjustment to links golf.

He was well in contention to win his second European Tour title throughout most of a final round which featured three birdies and no bogeys.

Lee tied with Noren for the lead when he sunk his last birdie on the 10th hole.

However, his inability to pick up shots after that proved costly as others made headway.

He missed a chance to move level for the lead on the 16th green when a relatively close birdie putt slid past the hole.

Lee, whose lone European Tour title came at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth in 2009, will travel across Scotland to contest the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

He failed to make the cut in his debut at the major tournament last year.

Joining him will be veteran Kiwi Steven Alker, who qualified for his fourth Open at an event in England two weeks ago.

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