Lee drops ranking

Sam Lee during a practise session at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. Picture: FILE

NATADOLA Bay professional Sam Lee missed the cut during the AV Jennings New South Wales Open Championship at the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club course in Australia on Saturday.

Lee carded 71 in the first round and 73 in the second round to be at even par 144 but failed to progress to the third round missing out on the $600,000 total prizemoney at stake by a stroke.

The 28-year-old dropped three spots on the PGA Tour of Australasia Tour order of merit after failing to make the cut during the Isuzu Queensland Open at the Brisbane Golf Club course last week and is expected to fall lower when the next rankings is released tomorrow.

Meanwhile Queenslander Jake McLeod was a man on fire at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club setting a new course record to hold a convincing lead at the AV Jennings NSW Open.

Starting the day tied 5th, McLeod stepped on to the first tee unusually calm and proceeded to reel off six birdies in seven holes.

“I was actually really calm today, usually I get very nervous on the first tee no matter what tournament it is or where I’m sitting.

But I was really calm and I think that birdie on the first really got me going,” said McLeod.

“I was 6-under through seven so I knew I was going pretty low,” McLeod said.

On the back-9 he continued on with his birdie frenzy adding a further four consecutively to his scorecard from the 12th to 15th holes.

McLeod watched an 11th birdie putt disappear into the hole on 17, before tensing up on the 18th and finishing with a three-putt bogey to finish the day on 10-under 62, beating the previous record by a stroke

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