Danny Lee makes excellent start in Puerto Rico

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 13:04 07/03/2014
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New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has enjoyed the best start of his PGA Tour season.

Lee, who had made only two of nine cuts heading into this week, is tied for second in the Puerto Rico Open after shooting a five-under-par 67 in the first round.

The 23-year-old had six birdies and a bogey as he found some much-needed form, hitting all 18 greens in regulation to be just one shot off the pace at the Trump International course in Rio Grande.

American Brian Stuard has the outright lead after a six-under 66, with Jason Gore tied with Lee.

Lee birdied all four par fives and had birdies at two of the four par threes, his only bogey coming through a three-putt.

His only finishes on tour this season have been a tie for 33rd and a tie for 40th, and he last made the cut in November.

Lee started the week ranked 168th in the FedEx Cup standings, but he would be in the top 90 if he maintained his second placing.

Fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson, who is inside the top 90, had a one-over 73 for a share of 77th in the 131-strong field.

The Puerto Rico Open is a US$3.5 million (NZ$4.13m) event, with fewer FedEx Cup points on offer than a regular event (300 compared to 500).

The field is weaker, given the leading players on tour are playing in the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship in Florida at the same time.

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