Danny Lee continues his fine run of form in US

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 12:53 14/03/2014

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Second at last week's Puerto Rico Open, Danny Lee has continued his fine form to lead the Valspar Championship tournament in Florida.

The 23-year-old opened the US$5.7m ($NZ6.7m) PGA Tour event with a three-under 68 to be in a four-way tie for the lead.

Lee, the world No 252 shares the lead with Australian Greg Chalmers and Americans Matt Every and Pat Perez. 

After last week's runner-up finish, Lee's best result on a PGA Tour tournament, the former amateur world No 1 told Fairfax Media he now believed he could win on the tour.

Over the next three days, he'll have his chance following his four birdie, one bogey round. 

Lee parred the 10th, his first, at the Copperhead course before back-to-back birdies raced him up the leaderboard on the difficult, par-71 venue. 
After reaching the par-five 11th in two, he tapped in for a comfortable two-putt birdie before sinking a 17-foot putt for three on the par-four 12th.

Copperheard is considered one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour, but Lee seemed to have tamed it as further birdies on his sixth and 10th holes moved him to four-under and the outright lead. 

He was strong off the tee on the difficult driving course, though it was an iron off the 197m par-three 15th - Lee's sixth hole - that was his best, hitting his tee-ball to six feet before rolling in the putt.

He also sunk a number of medium-range putts to save par before dropping his first shot on the par-four sixth with after failing to get up and down from a green-side bunker. 

He had just 27-putts during his round and should have the better of the conditions for his second round tomorrow.

Lee was one of the last golfers off today and will be off early tomorrow in his second round.

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