Danny Lee in the hunt at Greenbrier Classic

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 11:05 04/07/2014
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KIWI GOLFER: Danny Lee.

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Kiwi golfer Danny Lee is one shot off the lead after a birdie blitz in the opening round of the $7.42m Greenbrier Classic on the Old White TPC course at White Sulpha Springs, West Virginia.

Lee, who has made only eight cuts in 21 events this season, is in a share of second after he carded eight birdies in a five-under par round of 65 to finish one shot behind outright leader and defending champion Jonas Blixt.

The Swede finished strong with birdies on his last three holes to open with a 64.

Lee dropped two shots in his opening five holes, before nailing five birdies on the trot to get to three-under after 10.

Another birdie on the 12th took him to four under for the day, but he gave that back on the next.

A birdie on the 14th got him back on track and he completed a good day with a birdie two on the par three 18th.

Lee shares second with seven other players including Americans DA Points and Chris Kirk.

Fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson opened with a two-under par 68, mixing three birdies with a lone bogey coming on the par five 17th.

He is tied for 31st heading into the second round.

Wilkinson is 102nd on the FedEx Cup points list and Lee is 110th. The top 125 at the end of the FedEx Cup season retain their card for next year.

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