Lee stays in contention at Puerto Rico Open

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 12:48 09/03/2014
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IN THE HUNT: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee.

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Danny Lee will have his best chance yet to secure a maiden PGA Tour win when he starts tomorrow's final round of the Puerto Rico Open just one shot off the lead. 

The 23-year-old Kiwi stands alone in second after a six-under 66 this morning left him at 15-under par for the tournament.

Overall Lee has shot 67, 68 and 66 to sit just one behind America's Chesson Hadley.

After a birdie, a bogey and a par in his opening three holes, Lee was even par and needed to get going if he was to keep up with the leaders, doing so with three birdies over the next three holes.

He then birdied the 13th before giving a shot back on the 14th, but finished strongly with birdies on 15, 16 and 17.

It's been an impressive tournament so far for the 2008 US Amateur champion who has driven more accurately than he normally does, hit more greens and putted well.

"It was another good day of golf," Lee said. "I was hitting it really well at the beginning and putting is good. I think everything is going really nicely at the moment."

Lee will play the final round with Hadley, a two-time winner on last year's Web.com Tour.

In one of those wins, at the Rex Hospital Open in his home town of Raleigh in North Carolina, Hadley started the final round five strokes behind Lee but rallied well to shoot 64 and beat the New Zealander by two.

"I was thinking about that a little bit," Hadley said.

"Danny and I are great friends and we're going to have a blast. I think we're playing twosomes tomorrow, so we'll have a blast out there, and hopefully we can kind of duel it out. Obviously, I would love to come away with a victory."

Lee started the tournament 168th in the FedEx Cup race but a second place would see him leap 93 spots to 75th.

That would put him ahead of fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson who has outplayed Lee all season. Wilkinson missed the cut in Puerto Rico and is projected to drop one spot to 84th.

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