Danny Lee blows big chance in North Carolina
Danny Lee has blown a four shot lead at a Web.com Tour event, but his second place means New Zealand are well placed to have two players on the PGA Tour next year.
Lee carded an even par final round 71 to finish second at the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation in North Carolina while winner American Chesson Hadley raced past him today with a final round, seven-under 64.
Lee shot an eight-under 63 yesterday to take a four shot lead into this morning's final round, but he matched his three final round birdies with three bogeys including one at the last to end at 17 under, two back from Hadley.
With Hadley already finished, Lee stood on the tee of the par-four 18th needing a birdie to force a playoff, but made five. The second place is Lee's sixth top 15 finish of the season and he races up from 23rd on the tour's money list to sixth.
The top 25 receive full exemption on to next year's PGA tour.
Lee last played in the big show last year, but lost his card for this season.
He was two under after 11 holes in his final round, but crucial bogeys on the 12th, 15th and 18th - he'd made just two all week before that - opened the door for Hadley, the first round leader.
While Lee treaded water down the final stretch, Hadley got hot picking up seven shots in his last 10 holes including an eagle three on the ninth.
He then picked up shots on 11, 13, 14, 16 and the par-four 18th.
Fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson missed the cut in North Carolina, but his fine form so far this season has him sixth on the Web.com money list.
There are still 12 events left in the 25-event season. Steven Alker finished with a disappointing five-over 76 to drop to two-under for the tournament and a share of 57th and is back in 142 on the money list, but has only played in six tournaments.