FedEx St Jude Classic

FedEx St Jude Classic

Lee travelled to Memphis for the FedEx St Jude Classic, at TPC Southwind, which began on Thursday. Lee said that the course is a good test for next week, "It certainly demands that you hit the fairways and hit the greens, which is pretty much the blueprint for playing good US Open golf as well,"

The event raises funds for the St Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Lee was honoured to meet some of the children when he won the event in 2010, following a three-way tie and sudden-death play-off.

The three players in last year's  tie, Robert Garrigus, Robert Karlsson and Lee, play together for the first two rounds, 12.36 from the first tee on the TPC Southwind Course on Thursday and 7.36 from the 10th on Friday.

Lee got off to a slow start in the first round, with a bogey at the second and continued to make par at each hole until the 15th when he sank a 27 ft putt for a birdie, followed up with a birdie at 16, bogeyed 17 and birdied the last.  His 1-under 69 left him in T20th place with David Mathis in the lead on 5-under par.

With a second round 70, Lee ended the day in T23rd place on 1-under par, while Garrigus was a casualty of the cut and Karlsson streaked ahead to take the lead on 9-under par.

Lee, who it was announced on Saturday is to receive an OBE, had a tee-time of 10.13 with Shaun Micheel and Charles Howell III. Lee birdied the 3rd but dropped shots at 5 and 6, then had a hatrick of birdies from the 15th. Mssing a five-foot putt to par the last, he recorded a 69 to put him in T22nd place. Leader, Robert Karlsson is on 11-under par.

 ''That 69 didn't feel like too bad a round,'' Lee said later. ''I think 2 under after three rounds is a pretty good score considering where I've tried to play the golf course from. You can't play this course from the rough ... and I've spent a lot of time in it! I'm going to try and hit a few more fairways. Of course I said that yesterday and the day before. I haven't managed to do that yet but I'll try to get rid of a little pull I've got. If I do that, I'll be fine.''

Lee had a 10.51 start with Robert Allenby for the final round and following a 4-under 66, finished in T11th place, while the event again went to a play-off. 

Harrison Frazar beat Karlsson at the third hole in the sudden-death play-off.


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