Danny Lee's hopes of title challenge over

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 13:02 15/10/2012
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STRAGGLING: Danny Lee’s hopes of challenging for the title at the Frys.com Open are over.

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A triple bogey at the par-five 15th ended Danny Lee's hopes of challenging for the title at the Frys.com Open on the PGA Tour in California today.

The New Zealand golf No 1 started the final round tied for seventh at 10-under par, five shots back from the lead, and standing on the 14th tee at the CordeValle Golf Club he had moved to 12-under to be just two strokes adrift.

But he bogeyed the par four then played the par-five 15th terribly, losing his drive into native area which forced him to play his third from the tee.

He flew the green with his fifth shot from a bunker short of the green and then failed to get up and down, carding a triple bogey.

The 22-year-old bounced back to birdie the 17th and 18th holes but it was too late, an even-par 71  seeing him tie for 16th at 10-under par.

Sweden's Jonas Blixt, like Lee a web.com tour graduate this year, earned his first PGA Tour title, finishing one shot ahead of Americans Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak at 16-under par.

The result, while being his best on tour this year, has done little for Lee's hopes of retaining his playing card next year.

He is 167th and needs to finish inside the top 125 to avoid a trip to qualifying school.

There are only two tournaments remaining, and he'll need probably need a top two or three finish to go close.

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