Lee, Wilkinson make cut at Arnold Palmer

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 20:26 22/03/2014
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IN THE HUNT: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee.

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Kiwi golfers Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson have both made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Heading into the third round at Bay Hill, Lee is in a tie for 39th on one-under par after rounds of 71 and 72, while Wilkinson is two shots further back in a tie for 57th having carded 71 and 74 so far.

With a relatively generous cut of two-over par, the prestigious tournament will this year be a good payweek for both players - whose primary goals this year will be retaining full PGA Tour status.

Lee had a bumpy day today posting four birdies and four bogeys - with back-to-back bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes particularly frustrating after making consecutive birdies on the previous two holes.

Wilkinson, meanwhile, was tracking well today on one-under through 12 holes, only to drop three shots in five holes on his way home.

At the top of the leaderboard, world number two Adam Scott is poised to usurp Tiger Woods as the world's top-ranked player.

The early, runaway leader after shooting a 10-under 62 on day one, followed-up with 68 today to lead by seven strokes with 36 holes to play.

Victory this weekend would give Scott enough ranking points to leapfrog Woods, who is out injured and struggling to be back in time for the Masters at Augusta National in just over two weeks,

With Scott on 14-under and way ahead, there's a three-way tie for second on seven-under with JB Holmes, Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari the closest challengers.

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