Michael Campbell, Danny Lee in contention

Last updated 12:50 14/10/2012
New Zealand's Michael Campbel in action at the Portugal Masters.
IN THE HUNT: New Zealand's Michael Campbel in action at the Portugal Masters.

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New Zealand golfers Michael Campbell and Danny Lee are in contention in tournaments in Europe and the US respectively.

Campbell is in a tie for third after three rounds of the Portugal Masters on the European PGA tour while Lee is tied for seventh in California in the Frys.com Open on the US PGA tour.

Campbell, the 2005 US Open golf champion, today fired a four-under-par 67 to be on nine under and tied with England's Richard Finch and Ireland's Shane Lowry.

They are four shots behind Austrian Bernd Wiesberger on 13 under after a second-straight 65 while England's Ross Fisher, the leader after two rounds, sits on 12 under.

The 43-year-old Kiwi, who has slumped to 607 in the world rankings after being as high as 13th at the start of 2006, fired five birdies today - on the fourth, fifth, 12th, 15th and 16th - but blotted his round with a bogey five on the 18th.

"It's seven years since my last win and I was surprised how calm I was out there, but I've won enough around the world to know what to do, and I'm pretty excited about Sunday," Campbell told news agency AFP.

"Over the last three or four years, I've put too much pressure on myself to perform. I've gone back to basics, and it's fun once again."

Lee, meanwhile, needs some top finishes over the last few tournaments on the US PGA tour, to keep is playing card for next year.

Needing to finish 125th or better on the money list to keep playing privileges, the 22-year-old began the tournament languishing in 151 position, and after starting the third round in a share of 15th position, a hot front nine today had moved up to a share of 3rd at one stage. Lee's front nine included just one par as he had six birdies and two bogeys.

He was not able to maintain that momentum on the back nine and was overtaken by a number of other players, playing the last nine holes even par and eventually signing for a four-under 67 and a share of seventh, five shots behind leader John Mallinger of the US.

Mallinger struggled to a one under 70 and leads by two from Sweden's Jonas Blixit with Charles Howell III and Jason Kokrak, both of the US, on 12 under. Fiji's Vijay Singh and Brazil's Alexandre Rocha share fifth on 11 under.

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