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Kiwi golfers bogey-free to edge towards PGA Tour cards

Published: 1:01PM Monday December 03, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

  • Danny Lee (Source: Getty)
    Danny Lee - Source: Getty

New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee and Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson have continued their remarkable comeback at the Final Stage of Qualifying for the PGA Tour in La Quinta, California to be firmly in contention with one round remaining.

The 21-year-old Lee from Rotorua has carded a bogey-free five under par 67 at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to climb to a 14 under par, five round total. He is now in a share of 30th place and only one shot back from the qualifying mark of the top 25 players and ties.

Lee made the turn in two under par 34 before coming home in three under par 33 in his round that saw him climb from a share of 46th place to within touch of the number.

If he does return to the PGA Tour in 2013 it will go down as one of the most spectacular comebacks in the history of the final stage of qualifying.

The former US Amateur Champion, who had opened with rounds of 72 and 75 to be in a share of 150th after two rounds, has played the following three rounds in 17 under par to turn around week, and potentially his career, in outstanding fashion.

He was not alone as Wilkinson made a huge charge of his own.

The former PGA Tour pro, who began the fifth round in a share of 69th place, climbed to tied 30th courtesy of a superb seven under par 65 also at the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Wilkinson, who finished 59th on the Tour in 2012, is currently on a 14 under par total from five rounds. He is also only one stroke back from the qualifying mark. 

He made four birdies and an eagle in his fifth round score that sees him a chance of returning to the games most lucrative tour where he held his card from 2008 - 2009.

The comeback of Wilkinson has also been noteworthy - he has had rounds of 69, 68 and 65 to get back 14 shots in three rounds. 

There are six rounds in the qualifying event with 172 players competing for only 25 places on the PGA Tour in 2013.

If Lee and Wilkinson can both get up tomorrow it would be the first time in five years that New Zealand Golf has had two professionals on the PGA Tour.