It has taken a while, but Danny Lee is finally moving towards the world golf leaderboard.

The former amateur star has reached a career-best ranking of 34 after he finished 30th at the Pebble Beach Pro Am this week, a rise of two places.

There was a lot of unrealistic expectation about Lee's professional prospects when the lanky Rotorua kid rose to top the world's amateur rankings in late 2008 and won the US Amateur at a younger age than Tiger Woods.

Since turning professional in 2009, he has been a journeyman who has struggled to live up to his billing, but is now regularly making cuts. The 25-year-old finished the 2014 season ranked at 220, and that rose significantly to 47 at the end of 2015.

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Ryan Fox is the next best Kiwi at 166 and Lydia Ko remains on top of the women's rankings.