Danny Lee in contention at Canadian Open

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 10:52 26/07/2014
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IN CONTENTION: New Zealand’s Danny Lee is in a tie for 16th after the third round of the RBC Canadian Open in Montreal.

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Danny Lee has produced an impressive second round 65 to vault into contention at the Canadian Open.

The week is also turning out to be another solid PGA Tour event for fellow New Zealander Tim Wilkinson, who is in the top 20 at the halfway stage of the tournament, while Steven Alker is also in form again on the feeder circuit, the Web.Com tour.

Lee has shown form this season but been consistently undermined by poor second round performances. But today he took full advantage of benign weather and a beneficial morning draw to post one of his best rounds of the year.

The Rotorua player fired seven birdies on his way to a five-under par round at the Royal Montreal Golf Club - which was boosted significantly by a back nine which saw birdies on 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18.

After an opening round 69, Lee is currently in a tie for ninth on six-under par - four shots back of American co-leaders Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic who are on 10-under.

Wilkinson, meanwhile, is tied for 17th on five-under after shooting 68 today.

The Palmerston North player again got off to a slow start as he did yesterday, but again recovered well posting a total of five birdies today.

Hovering around the top 100 money-earners, both Lee and Wilkinson on track to retain their PGA Tour cards for next season with the top 125 automatically retaining their credentials.

If they can both score top 20 finishes this week, it would give their survival even more breathing space and start moving their rankings more towards the money-spinning, season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.

Finally on the Web.Com tour, Kiwi Steven Alker is tied for eighth at the Midwest Classic in Kansas.

Carding an opening round three-under 68, Alker has followed it up today with another 68 to move 13 places up the leaderboard on six-under par.

American Jason Gore leads on 11-under with some players still yet to finishing round two. 

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