Streaky Danny Lee hits form at The Barclays
Danny Lee has made a strong start to the FedEx Cup finals series with a well-timed four-under 67.
The Kiwi No 2 was in a tie for 10th following his opening round at the PGA Tour's The Barclays tournament on Friday and just two shots off the lead.
Lee, 24, recorded five birdies and a bogey in his first round in New Jersey and at one stage was in a nine-way tie for the lead at five-under.
Lee qualified for the Fed Ex Cup finals in 116th, but a is well placed to feature in the lucrative end-of season series.
American Bo Van Pelt held the $9.52m tournament's lead at six-under with eight players one shot back including Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan and Paul Casey.
Lee was another shot back and looked to have taken a liking to the Ridgewood Country Club.
Playing the course's back nine first, Lee sunk 11-foot putts on both the 11th and 13th holes for birdies then got to three-under when he holed a 16-foot putt on the 16th.
Further birdies on three and five had him in a share of the lead, but he dropped a shot on the 409m seventh after finding a fairway bunker with a rare wayward approach shot.
Tim Wilkinson recorded an opening round one-over 72 and was in a tie for 73rd.
The Manawatu left-hander made just one birdie, on the 142m par three 15th. He hit his tee shot to six feet and rolled his putt in.
Earlier he'd made two bogeys, including one on the reachable, 266m par four fifth. Wilkinson put his tee shot into a greenside bunker, his second went right across the green into another bunker, he again missed the green with his third, but got up and down for bogey.
Meanwhile, Steven Alker, who will re-join the PGA Tour later this year after qualifying through the second tier Web.com tour, is well placed at the secondary tour's Portland Open.
Alker shot a two-under 69 in the tournament's opening round to be in a tie for 26th and four shots off the pace set by American Michael Kim.