Danny Lee in contention, Wilkinson well placed

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 11:34 23/08/2014

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Danny Lee has slipped a little, but remains well in contention in a serious PGA Tour event.

In the top 10 after an opening round 67 of the season's first playoff event, known as The Barclays, Lee has posted 71 today to slip six places - but on four-under par, is only four strokes adrift of halfway co-leaders Cameron Tringale and Adam Scott.

Inconsistent Lee has often gotten off to fast starts this year, only to falter badly in the second round. Today he was level par after three bogeys cancelled out three birdies at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.

Maintaining his position over the next two days is crucial for the Rotorua player, needing to move into the season's top 100 money earners to continue his season in the money-spinning playoff format.

Currently, Lee is projected to rise from 116th to 80th - meaning he would be well inside the mark to tee it up next week in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Also in with a chance of sneaking in to the top 100 is fellow New Zealander Tim Wilkinson - after making the cut at The Barclays by the skin of his teeth.

Progressing into the final two rounds of the as the last player, right on the cut line, Wilkinson has guaranteed himself a pay packet whatever happens. However, if he can make a run at the weekend, he has an excellent chance of keeping his season alive.

Currently, the Palmerston North player is project to be 118th in the standings.

Both Lee and Wilkinson have already retained their PGA Tour cards for next season having finished in the regular season's top 125 money-winners - which earned their way into The Barclays.

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