Unable to defend, Lee donates to W.Va flood relief

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Danny Lee wasn’t able to defend his title at the Greenbrier Classic after the PGA Tour event was canceled because of devastating flooding. He filled the opening in his schedule with a spot start at the Scottish Open, and the move paid off Thursday with a 1-under 70 to sit just two shots off the early lead.

Lee was 4 under par in cold, windy conditions before dropping three shots in his final five holes, including a double-bogey 7 on the 18th after a lost ball. He was two shots behind Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar

Lee announced earlier this week that he will donate $500 for every birdie and $1,000 for each eagle he makes this week to Neighbors Love Neighbors, which is supporting The Greenbrier and the other areas affected by the recent flooding in West Virginia. 

“It’s very unfortunate what happened back there,” he told reporters afterward. “A little bit upset that I couldn’t get to defend my title at Greenbrier, but I’m actually more worried and upset that a lot of people are going through a tough time in West Virginia where the Greenbrier Classic is.

“It’s just very unfortunate to hear that. But I made quite a few birdies out there with these conditions, so very happy with that.” 

Last month, the PGA Tour announced that it was canceling the Greenbrier Classic, just the third time in the past two decades that an event was scrubbed because of weather. Lee won last year’s event in a four-man playoff for his first Tour title.