Lee confident he is on verge of returning to top form

00:00, Jun 26 2012
Danny Lee
ON THE UP: Danny Lee in action during the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in February.

New Zealand's Danny Lee feels like he is on the cusp of something special.

The former world No1 amateur, who has made the cut in nine out of 15 events in his debut season on the PGA Tour, missed the third-round cut at the Travelers Championship by three shots at the weekend.

But the Korean-born Kiwi is unfazed and feels he is gaining momentum as he aims to qualify for the Fedex Cup playoffs.

Lee dropped three places to 148th on the Fedex standings and needs to get inside the top 125 to qualify for the first event in early August – the Barclays – at the Westchester Country Club.

Lee said it was nice to be back in action and he was looking forward to this week's AT & T National to advance his tour position.

"I was hitting the ball really well but my putting was a little bit off," said the 21-year-old who was in Washington preparing for his 16th tournament this year.


"I was pretty happy with what I have done [at the Travelers Championship]. I have got a good stretch of tournaments coming up, so I have just got to keep it rolling."

Lee's best finish for 2012 so far was a tie for 19th at the Byron Nelson Championship after rounds of 71, 71, 68 and 67. His other highlights include sharing the round-one lead at the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a nine-under-par 63, where he finished tied 25th, and making a hole-in-one at the Humana Challenge.

However, Lee hasn't achieved the consistency he wants. His goal for the rest of the season is simple.

"I am just trying to finish as high as possible. It seems like everything is going really well.

"I have just got to sew all the different pieces of my game together.

"I am just trying to play better, that is my goal at the moment."

Lee knows he is in a privileged position on the PGA Tour and wants to make the most of it.

The former US Amateur champion is not stressed about keeping his card.

"I am not really worried about it.

"I haven't really been playing well but my game is starting to improve quite a lot. I have learnt many things in the last six months so I'll try to add that all together and play better.

"Once you are in here you really don't want to go out. I really worked hard getting on the PGA Tour and now I am on [it] I really like it here and I have just got to play better."

The world No182, based in Irving, Texas, loves living in America.

"I am starting to feel really comfortable out here with the different conditions and weather.

"I am much more comfortable than I was at the start of the year."

Lee by his own admission "hasn't really been playing well" this year and yet still is within touch of the Fedex Cup playoffs.

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