22 Aug 2008

Lee back to smoking form at US Amateur

1:16 pm on 22 August 2008

Danny Lee has not only cruised into the last eight of the US Amateur golf championship in North Carolina, the New Zealand and world number one has done it by playing 10 less holes than some of his competitors.

This could be crucial given Lee's hectic schedule recently. He's played week in and week out in the United States, winning not only the strokeplay and matchplay titles at the prestigious Western Amateur Championship in Michigan but backing that up with a qualifying win for the Amateur then a top 20 PGA tour debut at the Wyndham Championship.

Lee made the quarter finals at the Pinehurst club by defeating the American Connor McHenry seven and six in the third round of matchplay after earlier beating another American, Jacob Burger, five and four in the round of 32.

The Rotorua teenager had struggled in strokeplay qualifying and fatigue as well as lack of practice on the Pinehurst course may have been a factor.

But Lee's looking ominous now and is the highest-ranked competitor left.

The tournament ends on Monday. The winner gets an automatic invitation to the US Open, British Open and the Masters - but must remain an amateur to compete unless they qualify by the normal routes.

Meanwhile Michael Campbell's started well at the KLM Open in the Netherlands with a 68.

He's four shots off the lead while Gareth Paddison's a shot back after a first round 69.