Danny Lee fighting for PGA season in Boston

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 11:24 01/09/2014
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HIT AND HOPE: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee will need a final-round birdie blitz to keep his PGA Tour season alive.

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Kiwi golfer Danny Lee will need a final-round birdie blitz to keep his PGA Tour season alive.

The 24-year-old is tied for 40th at 1-under par in the US$8million Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston course in Norton, Massachusetts.

More importantly for Lee, he will need a strong finish to move into the top 70 in the Fedex Cup and earn a start in the BMW Championship in Denver.

Lee is projected to be 90 in the rankings, up sixth spots after his third-round 73.

He got off to a slow start in his third round with two bogeys in the first three holes, before getting one shot back with a birdie three on the ninth.

But a bogey and eight pars on the back nine saw him slip down the leaderboard.

Lee is 11 shots behind the leader, Russell Henley, who shot a 6-under 65 in the third round after earlier rounds of 70 and 66.

Henley holds a one-shot lead over fellow American Billy Horschel on 202 after rounds of 69, 66 and 67.

Henley was the big mover on the Fedex Cup points ladder, jumping 60 spots from 62 to second. World No 1 Rory McIlroy is right in contention a further shot back on 201, along with Australian Jason Day and American Chris Kirk.

McIlroy and Kirk both shot third-round 64s, while Day signed for a 69.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Steven Alker finished tied for 41st in the US$1million Hotel Fitness Championship on the Web.Com Tour.

Alker closed with a three-under 69 to finish on 282 after earlier rounds of 71, 70 and 72.

His final round included six birdies, a double bogey and a bogey. He finished 14 shots behind the winner, American Bud Cauley who shot rounds of 66, 70, 67 and 65.

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