Kiwi golfers make cut at the Greenbrier Classic

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 13:15 05/07/2014
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HANGING IN THERE: Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson made the cut at the Greenbrier Classic by one shot.

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Kiwi golfers Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson have made the cut at The Greenbrier Classic, with Lee chasing a rare top 10 finish on the PGA Tour.

With Lee and Wilkinson tied for 13th and 49th respectively after the first two days of the event, both were projected to be sat around the season's top 100 money earners come the end of the tournament on Monday (NZT) - significantly important in the attempt of the Kiwi pair to retain their tour status for 2015, with the top 125 automatically keeping their credentials.

Rotorua's Lee, who has been dogged by inconsistency all season, slid 11 places down the leaderboard today, following up his opening round 65 with a 71. On four-under overall, Lee was five strokes behind American leader Billy Hurley III.

In what was traditionally a very low-scoring event, Hurley III was one stroke ahead of compatriots Kevin Chappell and Chris Stroud.

The big mover of the day, however, was another American, Troy Matteson. He carded a blistering second round of 61 to move from 106th on the leaderboard to fourth. Incredibly, Matteson needed just 19 putts today.

Meanwhile, Wilkinson of Palmerston North followed his opening round 68 with a 71 to make the cut by a single stroke.

The left-hander was two under through the front nine, but had a very expensive turn home, with a bogey on 15 and a double on 11.

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