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An important Sunday for Danny Lee

May 03, 2009

Danny Lee, 18 and projected to become a star, is starting the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship with two objectives, one more ambitious than the other.

His talent is such that he no doubt is playing to win -- he starts Sunday's round trailing by five -- but short of that, a top-10 finish would earn him another PGA Tour start without having to use up a valuable sponsor exemption.

Lee, who is playing only his second event as a professional, is attempting to play his way onto the PGA Tour using seven sponsor exemptions to which he is entitled. He missed the cut in his professional debut, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which left him with six exemptions in his bid to earn enough money to gain a PGA Tour card.

His double-bogey, bogey finish on Saturday (he hit his tee shot into the water on 17) was a setback on two fronts; it dropped him from one stroke off the lead and made his quest to win substantially more difficult today, and it also dropped him from the top 10, to a tie for 14th.

-- John Strege