21 May 2012

Lee finishes strongly at Byron Nelson, Dufner wins

11:04 am on 21 May 2012

Another top 20 finish on the US PGA Tour for New Zealand golf number one Danny Lee.

Lee produced a strong finish at the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas with a final round of three under par 67 to improve 21 places for a share of 19th.

Lee finished eight shots behind the winner, American Jason Dufner, who holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to win his second PGA Tour title in three weeks with a dramatic one-shot victory.

Dufner, who made his breakthrough on the circuit at last month's New Orleans Classic, pumped his right fist in celebration as his ball dropped into the cup for a 67 and 11-under total of 269 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas.

That was one better than compatriot Dicky Pride, who had drained a 22-foot par putt on the 18th green moments earlier for a matching 67.

JJ Henry, who had led by one shot with two holes to play, had to settle for a share of third at nine under after closing with a 68.

Henry finished level with fellow American Joe Durant (65), Australian Marc Leishman (66) and Swede Jonas Blixt (66).