Danny Lee in title contention at Bermuda Championship on US PGA Tour

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Danny Lee of New Zealand tees off on the 10th hole during the second round of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course.

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Danny Lee of New Zealand tees off on the 10th hole during the second round of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course.

A rare start on the US PGA Tour for Danny Lee could prove to be a hugely important career boost.

The New Zealand golfer is tied for fourth midway through the Bermuda Championship after two rounds of 67, putting him at eight under par.

That sees him just three shots back of tournament leader Taylor Pendrith of Canada.

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Lee failed to retain his PGA Tour card for the 2022 season, meaning the 31-year-old will predominantly play on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour.

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However, he received a medical extension to make 10 starts on the PGA Tour and is so far making the most of his opportunity in a weakened field in Bermuda.

Lee had six birdies and an eagle in his second round on Saturday (NZ time) but also recorded a double-bogey and two bogeys. In his first round, Lee was one of the few players who excelled in gale-force winds to shoot a four under par round.

Danny Lee is three shots off the pace at the midway stage of the Bermuda Championship.

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Danny Lee is three shots off the pace at the midway stage of the Bermuda Championship.

Pendrith, who got married two weeks ago, shot to the top of the leaderboard with a 10-under 61.

Patrick Reed, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 24, is six shots off the lead.