PGA Championship 2019: Surprising Danny Lee shoots splendid 6-under 64 to sit in second place

Written By Thomas Lott
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There may not have been a more surprising first round at the PGA Championship on Thursday than the one posted by Danny Lee.

The New Zealand and South Korean national shot a 6-under 64 to sit just one shot back of leader Brooks Koepka when his round was finished.

At the time he finished he was three shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood, who was in third place at 3 under.

He simply played well and it paid off for him with eight birdies on the day, including on back-to-back holes to close out his round.

"Whenever I hit it on the fairway I gave it a good look for the birdie," Lee told TNT after his round.

"And I made those putts and it was a good round today."

Lee has qualified for just nine majors in his career and has made the cut in just four of those events.

He has never finished better than 17th at a major tournament (Masters 2016).

But on Thursday he found himself in good position a lot and at a distance he knew he could score from. He credits his work in recent months for that development.

"Mainly I've been focusing on my body getting stronger so I can add more head speed on my swing," he said.

"I've been changing my swing a little bit, I've been working really hard with George Gankas, whose known for making players hit it further, and I think I gained a good 15 yards more just with Gerry, so it's been great."

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