Danny Lee headed back to qualifying school

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 08:25 12/11/2012
New Zealand's Danny Lee will have to re-qualify for the US PGA tour through the tough qualifying school system.
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BACK TO SCHOOL: New Zealand's Danny Lee will have to re-qualify for the US PGA tour through the tough qualifying school system.

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Danny Lee will join fellow New Zealand golfers Tim Wilkinson, Josh Geary and Steve Alker at the second stage of US PGA Tour qualifying school after missing the cut in the season-ending tournament in Florida.

Lee required a top-three finish at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to secure his PGA Tour card for 2013 - a top-10 finish would've given him conditional status and about 15 starts next year - but he never got close with rounds of 74 and 72 for a two-over total, comfortably missing the halfway cut.

The 22-year-old tour rookie finishes outside the top 150 on the PGA Tour money list for the year (with earnings of $US339,112 he is 166th), which was also the cut mark for direct entry into the final stage of qualfying school.

It means New Zealand's No 1 will have to tee up at a second stage event this week, alongside Wilkinson, Geary and Alker.

There are six second stage tournaments each with field sizes of about 78 and while the number of players to progress to the final round is yet to be determined, it is unlikely to be more than 20 from each field.

Geary, who had limited starts on the second-tier web.com tour without success this year and last week dipped out at the second stage of European Tour school, is in action at TPC Craig Ranch in Texas, starting Wednesday (NZT), while Wilkinson (Hombre Golf Club in Florida), Alker and Lee (both Bear Creek Golf Club in California) all start their four-round tournaments on Thursday (NZ time).

The final, six-round event clashes with the New Zealand Open at Clearwater later this month so any players who progress to that tournament, in which 25 PGA Tour cards for 2013 are up for grabs, will not be appearing in the national open.

Meanwhile, Michael Campbell missed the cut by one shot at the Singapore Open on the European Tour after rounds of 70 and 74, for a two-over total.

Italy's Matteo Manassero beat South African Louis Oosthuizen with an eagle at the third playoff hole after both players ended at 13-under par.

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