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Why Danny Lee leading the Scottish Open is a good thing for the Greenbrier and flood victims

It's usually a fool's errand to put stock into the early leaders of a golf tournament. But in the case of Danny Lee being one of the early leaders on Thursday at the European Tour's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, it's worth taking notice.

Lee would've been defending his first PGA Tour title this weekend at the Greenbrier Classic. Sadly, the devastating floods in West Virginia caused the tour to cancel the event -- leaving Lee without a title to defend.

So he went over to Scotland. He made three birdies through his first four holes in his first round, and currently sits tied for the through 14 holes at the moment. (We know . . . there are 72 holes to be played in a professional event.) But Lee is in the early mix at least, which is good news for West Virginia disaster relief.

To make good on his commitment to the community at The Greenbrier, though, Lee decided to donate money, along with his Danny Lee Foundation, for every birdie ($500) or eagle ($1,000) he made at Castle Stuart to the flood-relief efforts in West Virginia.

It looks as if the golf gods are listening to Danny early on. He has five birdies on his scorecard now (mixed with two bogeys), so he already will be sending a significant amount of money to flood victims.

Here's more information and a link to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative.