Danny Lee falls one shot short of PGA card

NICOLA ABERCROMBIE
Last updated 12:32 04/12/2012
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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OH SO CLOSE: A final round two-under 68 has left Kiwi No 1 Danny Lee one shot back of the cut-line for a 2013 PGA Tour playing card.

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Danny Lee has been left to rue a poor start at the final stage of PGA qualifying school in La Quinta, California after finishing one shot short of a 2013 Tour card.

Lee had a final round 2-under 70 to finish at -16 and in a tie for 27th.The top 25 and ties receive a Tour card and with all those ahead of him now finished, the cut off remained at -17.

An opening round even par 72 and a second round three-over 75 had the New Zealand No 1 languishing around 150th before rounds of 67, 65 and 67 saw him rocket into the top 30 of the 172-strong field.

A double bogey on the par five, fifth hole was the difference between him qualifying for a full card. He made two birdies coming home on the 11th and 16th but it was not enough as the damage had been done.

He was joined on -14 going into round six by fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson who could not repeat his fifth round form.

A bogey-free round yesterday that included five birdies and an eagle set the 34-year-old up for a fairytale finish on the final day, but after swapping the birdies for bogies Wilkinson slipped back with a one-over 73 to finish at -13 and a tie for 49th.

It was a frustrating day for the former NZ Eisenhower rep. Every time he made a birdie he followed it with a bogey the next hole. 

He birdied two and bogeyed three, he birdied six and bogeyed seven and then birdied 12 and bogeyed 13. His fate was sealed with a bogey at the par five 16th.

The result means New Zealand will be without a player on the PGA Tour next year and both players will return to the second-tier web.com tour with the goal of re-qualifying for 2014.

The tournament was won by South Korean Dong-Hwan Lee on -25.

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