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Danny Lee secures season's best in Santiago

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 11:13 11/03/2013
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CUT-THROAT TOURNAMENT: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee has amassed 24 birdies during his four rounds but had to settle for a share of sixth place.

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He carded 24 birdies across four rounds but, such is life on the cut-throat Web.com Tour, New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has been forced to settle for a share of sixth at the Chile Classic.

The 22-year-old kick-started his season on the second-tier North American tour with a strong showing in Santiago, finishing on an impressive 17-under par tally of of 271 at the Prince of Wales Country Club after closing today with a three-under 69.

It was Lee’s best showing in three starts this year - he missed the cut in Panama and was tied for 44th in Colombia at the first two events on the South American swing.

He put four solid rounds together for the first time but still finished four shots behind the winner, American Kevin Kisner, who with a 21-under par total edged compatriots Edward Loar and Brice Garnett by one shot.

Lee had 24 birdies and seven bogeys across the week, including a four-one split today. Highlighting just how low the scoring was, he dropped one place from his third round position despite a 69 today, finishing in a five-way share of sixth.

The Kiwi No 3 is embarking on a full season on the Web.com Tour as he looks to regain fulltime status on the PGA Tour in 2014, having lost his card following a disappointing rookie season last year.

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