Lee rises fast at Deutsche Bank Championship

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 18:51 31/08/2014

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New Zealand's Danny Lee constructed the round of the day at the US$8 million (NZ$9.6m) Deutsche Bank Championship today to make a dramatic rise up the leaderboard in Boston, Massachusetts, and enhance his prospects of qualifying for the next stop on the PGA tour.

The 24-year-old from Rotorua posted a six-under 65 to accelerate to a tie for 17th - a remarkable turnaround on the TPC Norton course following an inconsistent opening round 74.

Lee made another concerning start when bogeying the par-5 second but recovered from that setback immediately by draining a 32-foot birdie putt on the next.

That started a sequence of five straight birdies, he made two more during a blemish-free back nine to sit five strokes behind joint leaders Ryan Palmer and Jason Day.

Palmer, the American who blitzed the layout on day one with a stunning eight-under 63, had to settle for an even par round while Australian Day (68) was also unable to match the Kiwi's effort in perfect conditions.

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's nine stroke swing suddenly puts him in contention to make the 70-strong field for this week's BMW Championships with a 60-place climb up the leaderboard also beneficial on the projected FedExCup points table.

He provisionally improved from 96th to 75th so if he continues yesterday's momentum over the final two rounds Lee should qualify for one of the tour's pinnacle events 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.

In Fukuoka, Japan, Michael Hendry finished in a tie for 11th today, three shots behind winner Hiroyuki Fujita, after closing with a 71 in the RZ Everlasting KBC Augusta at the Keya Golf Club.

Veteran Michael Long was the best-placed Kiwi at the end of the Queensland Open at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club today, finishing in a tie for third at three-under thanks to her second consecutive sub-par round, a two-under 70.

Australian Andrew Dodt took out the title with a five-under 67, two shots clear of overnight leader Tom Bond.

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NZ scores: Michael Long 285 (72,72,71,70), Ryan Fox 290 (71, 71, 76, 72), Jim Cusdin 291 (74, 72, 73, 72),

Josh Geary 292 (73, 72, 72, 75), Peter Lee 295 (69, 71, 78, 77), Pieter Zwart 296 (70, 78, 75, 73), David

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Klein 298 (76, 73, 74, 75), Kieran Muir 298 ( 74, 71, 79, 74).

- Fairfax Media

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