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And Lee thought the Amateur was hard

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Danny Lee signed for his closing 70 last Sunday at Congressional to tie for seventh place and that’s when the real stress set in. Lee’s AT&T National top-10 earned him a spot in this week’s John Deere Classic, but because he’s a non-PGA Tour member the New Zealander is limited to 12 starts.

According to Lee’s manager he is already committed to play the Buick Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which would give him 11 starts counting this week’s John Deere. If Lee were to qualify for the PGA Championship it would be No. 12 but Lee’s manager was concerned he may earn another start along the way. If Lee has already made 12 starts, he could play the PGA but any money earned there would be unofficial.

Lee can solve his starts problem if he earns another $190,000 or so, in addition to the $350,000 he’s already pocketed this year, to secure special temporary status and unlimited Tour starts.

And Lee thought winning last year’s U.S. Amateur was hard.

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