Danny Lee has scored an exemption for the British Golf Open after finishing fifth equal for a $NZ500,000 pay day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.
Lee scored a second consecutive round of 75 at Bay Hill on Sunday (Monday NZ time) to join world number one Rory McIlroy, and Americans Joel Dahmen and Keith Mitchell in a four-way tie for fifth place.
The 29-year-old New Zealander – ranked 108th in the world – earned $US330,731 ($NZ527,041) to take his career earnings to over $US12.7 million ($NZ20.24m).
England's Tyrell Hatton won his first PGA Tour title at Bay Hill on Sunday (Monday NZ time) by one shot from Australia's Marc Leishman. Danny Lee of New Zealand plays a shot on the second hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Kevin C. Cox Danny Lee of New Zealand plays a shot on the second hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The fifth-placed cluster were even across the four rounds - four shots behind Hatton, aged 28.
Lee, who now has an exemption for the British Open at Royal St George's course in Kent in July, was tied for fourth after three rounds, but had four bogeys in his final round, including one at the 18th.
Hatton shot 74 to cling to his maiden title.
Only fourth-placed Bryson De Chambeau, Dahmen and Mitchell among the leading group, shot under par in the final round, all recording 71s.
McIlroy produced a four-over 76 to drop down the leader board.
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