Golfer Danny Lee striking back at TPC Boston
New Zealand's Danny Lee has upstaged some of golf's biggest names by fashioning the round of the day at the US$8 million Deutsche Bank Championship to make a dramatic rise up the leaderboard at TPC Norton in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 24-year-old from Rotorua posted a six-under 65 to accelerate to a tie for 17th today - a remarkable turnaround following an inconsistent opening round 74.
Lee made another worrying start when bogeying the par-5 second but he then made five birdies in a row before adding two more during a solid back nine.
A resurgence that enhances his prospects of making the 70-strong field for this week's BMW Championships opened with a 32-foot birdie putt on the third - a confidence booster that eventually saw him finish five strokes behind co-leading American Ryan Palmer and Australia's Jason Day.
The duo were locked at 8-under after rounds of 71 and 68 respectively, Americans Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel were a stroke back in third.
Lee climbed 60 places up the leaderboard and crucially from 96th to 75th on projected FexExCup points table with two rounds remaining - continuing that momentum should see him qualify for the BMW at Denver's Cherry Hills Country Club from Friday (NZT).
Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour feeder circuit, the Web.Com Tour, New Zealand's Steven Alker was in a tie for 47th at three-under after the penultimate round of the Hotel Fitness Championship.
Alker, who has already secured his PGA Tour card for next season, was unable to make any progress on moving day at Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with an even-par 72 leaving him 12 shots behind American joint leaders Colt Knost and Sam Saunders
In Fukuoka, Japan, Michael Hendry was only three strokes off the lead of the RZ Everlasting KBC Augusta heading into at final round at the Keya Golf Club.
Hendry added a three-under 69 to his previous rounds of 72 and 67 to stay within range of South Korea's Hyung-Sung Kim at eight-under in a share of fifth.
Kim leads Japan's Shigera Nonaka by one stroke; David Smail, New Zealand's other entrant in the original draw missed the cut.
The Queensland Open also reaches its conclusion at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane with veteran Michael Long the best-placed Kiwi at one-under in a tie for ninth after his first sub-par round of the tournament.
Long carded a one-under 71 to be seven strokes adrift of new leader Tom Bond after the South Australian studded his 68 with seven birdies - to counteract a double bogey on the par-5 13th.
Peter Lee's challenge was effectively ended by bogeys on the first three holes - and seven overall - condemned the 20-year-old to a 78 and a dip from a share of fourth to 24th alongside Ryan Fox.
A nine on the par-4 third caused irreparable damage to his penultimate round although four birdies enabled him to post a 76.
Bond leads Matthew Griffin by three strokes at eight-under while overnight leader Anthony Brown slipped back to third, four off the pace.
NZ scores: Michael Long 215 (72,72,71), Josh Geary 217 (73, 72, 72) Peter Lee 218 (69, 71, 78) Ryan Fox 218 (71, 71, 76) Jim Cusdin 219 (74, 72, 73), David Klein 223 (76, 73, 74), Pieter Zwart 223 (70, 78, 75), Kieran Muir 145 ( 74, 71, 79).