Wilkinson continues solid start to PGA season

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 15:40 17/01/2014

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Manawatu professional golfer Tim Wilkinson has continued his solid start to the PGA Tour season and is inside the top-50 after the opening round of the Humana Challenge in California.

Wilkinson shot a three-under 69 to be in a tie for 48th out of 156, today.

The other Kiwi in the field, Danny Lee, struggled and was in a tie for 129th after shooting a one-over 73 in what is traditionally one of the lowest-scoring tournaments on tour.

The US$5.7m (NZ$6.8m) tournament is played on three different courses, La Quinta, Palmer Private and Nicklaus Private, and the cut is made after the third round when every player has played all three courses.

Wilkinson played the Palmer Private course and after turning in one-under following two birdies and a bogey on the course's back nine (his first nine), the 35-year-old left-hander picked up two more shots on the way in.

Lee played at La Quinta, the toughest of the three courses, and was in good shape at two-under after nine. But the former US Amateur winner had two bogeys and a double on the back nine with just the one birdie to finish over par.

With the two easier courses left to play, including the Nicklaus course which is considered one of the easiest on tour, Lee is still a chance to make the cut, expected to be well under par.

Four players sit tied for second after shooting eight-under 64 behind American 23-year-old Patrick Reed who hit a birdie-laden, nine-under 63.

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