Golf: Lee misses out on World Cup shot

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Rotorua's Danny Lee will feel a bit hard done by after missing out on New Zealand selection at the World Cup of Golf in November.
Rotorua's Danny Lee will feel a bit hard done by after missing out on New Zealand selection at the World Cup of Golf in November.

Rotorua golfer Danny Lee has just missed out on representing New Zealand at the lucrative World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

North Harbour professional Michael Hendry and Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson have been named to represent New Zealand at the tournament.

The global tournament will be staged at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 18-24.

The pair earned their place through their position on the Official World Golf Rankings on the qualification date of September 23.

New Zealand No1 Hendry was a clear choice but Wilkinson earned his place only one ranking spot ahead of Lee at the time of qualification.

Lee has every right to feel a bit hard done by.

Following his top-10 finish at the Web.Com Tour Championship at the weekend Lee (297th) is now 21 places ahead of Wilkinson on the Official World Golf Rankings.

"It is just bad luck timing-wise for Danny," Duncan Simpson, New Zealand Professional Golfers' Association chief executive said.

"He is clear now but at the time Tim just pipped him. It was a close battle but we were confident that either would be a great representative for New Zealand at this event and Tim has his chance."

The 57th staging of the historic event will comprise 60 players who will play four rounds of stroke play for US$7 million ($8.49 million).

- Rotorua Daily Post

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