Danny Lee's PGA Tour season is running out of road after a poor opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Needing an excellent week to qualify for the next playoff event, and in all probability a top 20 finish to move from the top 100 to inside the season's top 70 money earners, Lee's hopes have been delivered a hefty whack after a three-over par opening round 74.
Already 11 shots adrift of first round leader Ryan Palmer, Lee's round today was the epitome of the talented, but extremely inconsistent, New Zealander's form this season.
Recording five birdies, Lee could have been tied third had it not been for six bogeys and a double bogey which totally unravelled his day at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.
Tied 77th instead, Lee now needs to produce a good card tomorrow to make the cut and have a run at posting a good enough final two rounds to sneak in to the top 70 for the season, and book a place at the BMW Championship later this week.
At the top meanwhile, in-form American Palmer dropped just one shot on a back nine blitz which saw him notch six birdies in the last eight holes.
Palmer leads by two strokes from compatriot Keegan Bradley on six-under and a three-way tie for third a further shot adrift.
Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour feeder circuit, the Web.Com Tour, New Zealand's Steven Alker has moved up from tied 41st to 16th after the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship.
Alker, who has already secured his PGA Tour card for next season, recovered well from a bogey on the first and a triple on the seventh to still card a two-under par 70 follow yesterday's 71.
On three-under overall, Alker is nine shots behind American halfway leader Sam Saunders.
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