Consistent Danny Lee closes in on first PGA title

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 10/03/2014

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Danny Lee put himself in great shape to win his maiden PGA Tour golf win.

The 23-year-old Kiwi was to start this morning's final round of the Puerto Rico Open just one shot off the lead and alone in second after a six-under-par 66, including eight birdies, left him at 15-under par for the tournament.

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

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

"It was another good day of golf," Lee told the PGA Tour website. "I was hitting it really well at the beginning and putting is good. 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 Hadley's home town of Raleigh in North Carolina, Hadley started the final round five strokes behind Lee, but rallied to shoot 64 and beat Lee 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, and hopefully we can kind of duel it out. Obviously, I would love to come away with a victory."

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

This is just his third cut made from 10 starts this season, his previous best finish being a tie for 33rd.

Most of the tour's big names are missing from the Puerto Rico Open, instead playing in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Florida. Because of that the winner in Puerto Rico will receive 300 FedEx Cup points, compared to 500 for a regular tour event.

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