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Strong finish lands Lee near leaders at Boise Open

Published: 2:20PM Monday September 17, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

New Zealand No 1 Danny Lee has carded a six-under-par 65 to finish tied 13th at the Albertsons Boise Open on the Tour in Idaho.

The 21-year-old from Rotorua, who missed out on the Fed Ex Cup playoffs and will have to fight for his PGA Tour card in the Fall Series, had rounds of 66, 68, 71 and 65 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise for a 14-under-par total.

Lee finished eight shots behind American champion Luke Guthrie, who carded a 65 in the final round to win by four shots. The former US Amateur champion is currently in 230th place on the Tour's Order of Merit after three events.

He would need to win an event and record a series of other good results to have a chance of finishing inside the top 25 to secure his PGA Tour card for 2013. However, his position on the PGA Tour provides the best chance for him to retain his card - he currently sits at 159th on the Order of Merit and needs to climb inside the top 125 from the four Fall Series events to retain his card.

Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson carded a two-under-par 69 in the final round to finish tied 19th at the Boise event. The former PGA Tour professional, lying 66th on the Tour Order of Merit, had rounds of 69, 67, 66 and 69 for a 13-under-par total.

Meanwhile, on the Japan Golf Tour, Richard Lee has carded an even-par 72 in the final round of the ANA Open to finish in a share of 31st place.

The Auckland professional, fighting for his tour card, had rounds of 72, 69, 69 and 72 for a six-under-par total and 10 shots back from Japanese champion Hiroyuki Fujita. Lee climbed six places on the Order of Merit to 94th position.

New Zealand No 2 David Smail missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 74, and slips three places to 62nd on the Japan Golf Tour money list. Both Lee and Smail need to finish inside the top 70 to keep their cards for the 2013 season.