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Strong finish lifts Lee at PGA

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/07/2016

Danny Lee © AP Photo/Matt York Danny Lee Two late birdies have thrust New Zealand golfer Danny Lee into a share of 21st place at the PGA Championship in New Jersey.

Lee carded one-under 69 at the brutishly long Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, to sit four shots off the pace set by outright leader Jimmy Walker of the US.

Walker recorded just the one bogey amid six birdies for a 5-under 65, one stroke clear of Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, Englishman Ross Fisher and Martin Keymer (Germany).

Ranked 41st in the world, Lee turned 1-over after bogeying the fourth, and looked destined for a disappointing finish after a bogey at the 16th cancelled his 10th hole birdie.

But the 26-year-old Kiwi, who will partner Ryan Fox at next month's Rio Olympics, rediscovered his touch to finish with back-to-back birdies at the par-five 17th and 18th.

Lee has been solid overall this season, ranked 60th in the Tour's points standings with earnings of nearly $NZ2 million. He has made the cut in 20 of 24 tournaments but has only notched two top-10 finishes.

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