Golf: Wilkinson comes home strong in South Carolina

Tim Wilkinson. Photo / Getty Images
Tim Wilkinson. Photo / Getty Images

Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson has continued his charge towards a PGA Tour card in 2014.

The left-hander from the Manawatu Golf Club fired a seven-under-par 64 in the final round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Tour to climb 23 places into a share of 11th in South Carolina.

Wilkinson made seven birdies in a bogey-free final round at the Thornblade Club to finish on an 18 under par total, nine shots back from American winner Mark Anderson.

The 34-year-old, who lives in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is projected to climb to 11th on the Tour money-list as he continues his charge to rejoin the game's most lucrative tour.

The top 25 players on the Order of Merit earn full status on the PGA Tour in 2014.

Wilkinson has enjoyed a consistent season so far with three top-10 finishes on the Tour including a runner-up finish at the Stadion Classic at UGA which was shortened to three rounds due to heavy rain.

Fellow Kiwi Danny Lee also turned around his game and delivered his best on the weekend in South Carolina.

The 22-year-old Rotorua professional carded a five-under-par 66 in the final round to climb nine places into a share of 14th.

Lee carded rounds of 70, 69, 64 and 66 for a 17-under-par total to climb to 18th on the money-list after playing in eight events in 2013.

The former US Amateur Champion, who missed qualifying for the PGA Tour in 2013 by one shot at the Final Stage, has had two top 10 finishes at the Chile Classic and WNB Classic.

Hamilton professional Steven Alker missed the three-round cut with scores of 70, 71 and 66.

Meanwhile, on the OneAsia Tour the final round of the SK Telecom Open was called off without a shot being played because of thick fog at Pinx Golf Club on Korea's Jeju Island.

Michael Long was solid in the third round, which proved to be the final round, with a one-under-par 71 securing him a top-10 finish.

The former New Zealand Open champion had rounds of 66, 72 and 71 to finish in a share of 10th place, six shots back from the Australian champion Matthew Griffin.

Long made three birdies on the front nine but faded coming home with bogeys on 14 and 16 to slip back.

Auckland professional Ryan Fox also enjoyed a return to form in Korea. The former Eisenhower rep had rounds of 70, 71 and 70 for a seven-under-par total and a share of 21st place.

Wellington professional Gareth Paddison had a three-over-par 75 in the final round to finish tied 37th.


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