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Lee within one shot of Scottish Open lead

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/07/2016

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has shot the day's equal-best score, a six-under 66, to sit one stroke off the lead at the midway stage of the Scottish Open.

Lee had six birdies in an error-free second round to go to seven-under after 36 holes in Inverness.

That put the world No.48 in a tie for second behind Sweden's Alex Noren, who also carded a 66.

Lee, 25, is seeking his second title on the European Tour, having won the Johnnie Walker Classic as an 18-year-old amateur.

His round also meant good news for those affected by the devastating floods in West Virginia.

The record rainfall in the state forced the cancellation of this week's Greenbrier Classic, which Lee won last year.

Denied the chance to defend the title, Lee opted to play in Scotland and pledged to help the flood-relief efforts.

He is donating $US500 ($NZ680) for every birdie, and double that for every eagle, that he sinks at the Castle Stuart links course.

"I made a lot of birdies which is good," he said.

"It's really unfortunate what happened to the West Virginia area. I'm donating a little bit of money so I'm happy I had a lot of birdies and hopefully I can put some eagles in there too."

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