The Cut - - 3RD TEE -

Danny Lee is en­joy­ing his most suc­cess­ful year on the USPGA cir­cuit and is on tar­get to qual­ify for the lu­cra­tive FedEx Cup play­offs at sea­son’s end. In the past three months he has achieved two top-10 fin­ishes and two top-20 fin­ishes, which have col­lec­tively earned him $US547,365. Th­ese re­sults have pro­jected him to 52nd in the FedEx Cup stand­ings, one be­hind Phil Mick­el­son, and to 161st (up from 220nd) in the world rank­ings.

Come the end of Au­gust, the top 125 ranked play­ers qual­ify for the first of the FedEx Cup play­off events (The Bar­clays) with the top 100 pro­gress­ing to the sec­ond event (The Deutsche Bank Cham­pi­onship) and the lead­ing 70 go­ing on to the BMW Cham­pi­onship. The elite 30 then con­test the Tour Cham­pi­onship, where a cool $10 mil­lion is awarded to the points win­ner.

That’s all in the fu­ture, but Lee can take enor­mous en­cour­age­ment from his re­cent con­sis­tent per­for­mances. Since the be­gin­ning of March, his re­sults have been:

Honda Clas­sic, missed cut; Valspar Cham­pi­onship, T7 (72, 69, 71 67 – 279), won $183,883; Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional, T17 (72, 64, 71 72 – 270), won $91,350;

Texas Open, with­drew af­ter an open­ing round 80; Hous­ton Open, missed cut;

The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship, missed cut (af­ter rounds of 73, 73); Wells Fargo Cham­pi­onship, T13 (71, 69, 69, 70 – 279), won $137,257; Crowne Plaza In­vi­ta­tional, T10 (66, 69, 70, 66 – 271), won $134,875.

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