Danny Lee is in contention for a second career US PGA Tour title, advancing to the Bermuda Championship final in second place.
After a pair of 67s, the Kiwi went even better with a 65 under six in his third round on Sunday (New Zealand time) to move from a tie for fourth and stay three strokes behind Canadian Taylor Pendrith, at 14 cents.
Ironically, Lee had failed to keep his card for the 2021-22 season, however, a medical waiver allowing him 10 Tour starts saw him make the most of his opportunity.
After missing the cut in the season opener – the Fortinet Championship in California six weeks ago – the 31-year-old, whose only Tour victory came in 2015, has now made his presence felt in a weakened platoon in Bermuda.
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Starting moving day at eight cents, Lee took advantage of a first nine which saw him pick up punches at holes two, five, six and seven.
He then made a great start for his nine fullbacks as well. In the 10th, he slipped a few inches from piercing a corner of the fairway before taking a share of the lead, then birdied back-to-back in the 11th.
After receiving the jolts with back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14, he recovered brilliantly, with a second shot skillfully executed from a delicate angle setting him up for a birdie at 15.
Then, on par-17, he nearly landed his third shot on the slope, before hitting his eighth birdie of the day, before hitting a tough six-foot par on the 18th to keep him in the mix.
“I didn’t come here just to play golf, I came here to play some good – really good – golf,” said Lee.
“I’m doing it right now, so it’s good to see that happen. I just need one more day like this.
Like Lee, Pendrith – who is chasing a first Tour title just four starts in his rookie season and two weeks after getting married – also shot 65 to maintain his three-stroke advantage, at 17 under.
The Australian Lucas Herbert, two-time winner of the European Tour, did the same, now placing himself one stroke behind the Kiwi.
With wind and rain in the forecast, the PGA Tour moved start times as early as possible in hopes of avoiding a Monday finish (local time).
– With PA