Golf: Lee in the lead at NZ Open

By Daniel Richardson in Queenstown

Richard Lee. Photo / Getty Images
Richard Lee. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi golfer Richard Lee has the clubhouse lead at the New Zealand Open in Queenstown mid-way through the second round today.

Poor weather has hit both The Hills and Millbrook Resort but Lee carded a five-under 67 at The Hills today to back up his four-under 68 at Millbrook yesterday to sit at nine-under for the tournament.

The 40-year-old holds a two-shot lead over a trio of golfers, including Waikato professional Mathew Perry who fired a three-under 69 at The Hills today.

The revamped New Zealand Open, which has a pro-am format, sees each player play a round at The Hills and the nearby Millbrook Resort before the final two rounds take place at The Hills during the weekend.

Millbrook played easier yesterday but neither course will be kind for the players this afternoon considering the biting wind and rain, which has struck the deep south.

Lee's round, which began on the 10th tee, was bogey-free as he made five birdies.

A former winner on the Asian Tour, Lee took most of last year off after he lost his Japan Tour card and has spent time learning to become a teaching professional while also looking after his 22-month-old daughter.

Perry produced five birdies and two bogeys at The Hills today and was able to complete his round before the bad weather struck.

The 27-year-old is playing this week on a tournament invite.

- APNZ

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