22 Oct 2012

Lee ties for 27th at McGladrey Classic

11:33 am on 22 October 2012

Danny Lee has finished the latest PGA Tour golf tournament in Georgia with a second straight one under par 69, for a share of 27th as the New Zealand No.1 fights to retain his Tour card.

Lee was nine shots off the pace set by the McGladrey Classic winner, the American Tommy Gainey, who stormed home with a final round 10-under for a one-shot win over compatriot David Toms.

Lee is now projected to be 164th on the money list, still well outside the top 125 players, his target if the Rotorua native is to keep his PGA Tour card for the 2013 season.

Gainey nabbed eight birdies and holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-five 15th en route to a 16-under total.

A birdie on the last would have made Gainey just the sixth player in PGA Tour history to record a 59. He hit his approach inside 20 feet but his birdie attempt came up short.

Nevertheless Gainey, known for his unconventional swing, trailed by seven shots entering the final round and his comeback matched the second-biggest for a victory on the tour this season.