Golf: Danny Lee surges up the leaderboard at Arnold Palmer Invitational following second-round five-under 67

  • 07/03/2020
Danny Lee during his second round in Florida
Danny Lee during his second round in Florida Photo credit: Image - Getty

An excellent second round has lifted Danny Lee into contention at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Kiwi golfer shot a field best five-under 67 that leaves him one behind co-leaders Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang.

Lee carded six birdies and just one bogey to end the round at six-under for the tournament.

World No.1 Rory McIlroy shot a one-over 73 but remains in contention, a shot behind Lee.

McIlroy was happy to still be in range.

His round looked as though it might come undone when he got caught up in the trees to the right of the eighth fairway and made double bogey, this after a three-putt bogey from long range on the par-3 seventh.

He birdied his next hole, limited the mistakes to only one bogey on the back nine and wound up in good shape.

"It was a grind. I think I made it more of a grind than I needed to," McIlroy said. 

"Conditions were tricky, greens are getting firm, the wind was out of a different direction today, so that made things a little interesting, too .... I'm still right there in the golf tournament."