Kiwi golfers battling to make 2013 PGA cut

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 15:50 08/10/2012
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STRAGGLING: New Zealand golf No 1 Danny Lee is 164th on the PGA Tour money list.

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New Zealand golfers Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson need to produce something special during the next three weeks to guarantee a Kiwi presence on the PGA Tour next year.

After missing the cut by one shot at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Lee is straggling at 169th on the PGA Tour money list. 

He needs to climb inside the top 125 players to retain his playing card next year, with three of the tour's Fall Series events remaining.

Lee has made the cut in 11 out of 22 events in 2012 with his best result a tie for 19th at the Byron Nelson Championship in May. 

He has the game to win on tour but has really struggled for consistency in his debut year.

Wilkinson finished tied for 44th at the Neediest Kids Championship in Maryland on the second-tier web.com tour, a result which has done nothing for his hopes of featuring on the big stage in 2013.

The Manawatu left-hander had rounds of 73, 69, 74 and 72 at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm to finish on an eight-over par total, 16 shots back from the champion, David Lingmerth of Sweden.

He drops from 52nd to 53rd on the order of merit, with season earnings of $US94,957, and he needs to conjure up some form in the final three events if he is to breach the top-25, who at season's end get a PGA Tour card for 2013.

Meanwhile, on the European Tour, Michael Campbell has finished in a share of 47th place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Campbell had rounds of 67, 71, 73 and 69 for an eight-under par 280 to finish 14 shots back from South African Branden Grace.

In Japan, David Smail and Gareth Paddison both missed the cut at the Canon Open.Smail, who has been on the Japan Golf Tour for the past 15 years, slips to 55th on the money list and needs to finish inside the top 70 to retain his card.

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