Charging Danny Lee moves into lead in Texas

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 15:28 28/03/2014
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IN THE HUNT: Kiwi golfer Danny Lee.

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Danny Lee has again raced to the top of a PGA Tour tournament leaderboard.

The 23-year-old New Zealand golfer fired a four-under 68 to share the lead after a fog-interrupted day one of the NZ$7.15m Valero Texas Open.

He shares the lead with American Pat Perez and Andrew Loupe, who was one of 44 players stuck on the course when play was suspended late due to bad light after there had earlier been a two and a half hour delay because of rare Texas fog.

Lee recorded five birdies and a solitary bogey in his round, but his finish was the highlight.

At the 14th, Lee was even par. He made a birdie four on the par-five 14th, sunk a 28-foot putt for birdie on the par-four 15th, parred the 16th then finished with two more birdies.

The last was a particularly handy one as Lee had put his second on the 540m par-five 18th in the greenside bunker.

He blasted out well, but still had a five-foot birdie putt which he comfortably converted.

''It was a really nice day for me, I was hitting it really well,'' he said.

''I wasn't making enough putts in the early round, but at the end I made some 15-footers and 25-footers to shoot four-under. It was a good day for me.''

Fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson was in a tie for 70th at one-over after 12 holes in his round.

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