Danny Lee has been a PGA Tour card holder since 2014 but has failed to secure full-time status for the 2022 season after missing the Top 25 of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals today in Newburgh Indiana.
Dealing with injuries that have kept in out of the game for many weeks, Lee skipped the Olympics and pulled out of The Open in a bid to retain his full-time tour card but in the end he had three weeks to perform in the final of the development level Korn Ferry Tour and was only able to finish 42nd.
In the final round, Lee finished 8-under the card at the Victoria National course, five shots behind American winner Joseph Bramlett, and three strokes outside the top-10.
He fired five birdies on the back nine and at one stage found himself in 27th on the overall standings, but a triple bogey on the par-four 14th meant the job was a lot tougher even with the two birdies on the final two holes.
— Korn Ferry Tour (@KornFerryTour) September 5, 2021
The results will see Lee predominantly play on the Korn Ferry Tour next season although he will have limited access to the PGA Tour with a 10 start medical exemption that will allow him to play at the top level and claw his way back for next year.
The 31-year-old Korean-born Kiwi has had one win on the PGA Tour in 2015 with a career-high ranking of 34 and has career earnings of more than $19 million (NZD).
Across the 2020/21 season Lee played 24 weekends missing the cut on half of them and only making the top 25 three times and finished ranked 183 on the PGA Tour.
Cantlay Wins Tour Championship
Patrick Cantlay has won the end of season PGA Tour Championship to win $15 million(USD).
In a tense duel with the world’s No. 1 player, Cantlay had a one-shot lead going to the par-5 18th hole at the Tour Championship when he hit a 6-iron from 218 yards to just inside 12 feet that secured the biggest victory of his career.
“Felt like a huge win, and it was,” Cantlay said.
Rahm’s shot was equally special, landing next to the hole on its second bounce but rolling to the light rough beyond the green.
With Cantlay in close, the Spaniard had to hole the chip to have any chance of a playoff. He narrowly missed, and Cantlay safely two-putted for birdie and 1-under 69.
The victory was worth $15 million for Cantlay, a 29-year-old Californian whose rise in golf was slowed by a back injury that kept him out for three years and nearly ended his career.
Now he has stamped himself among the elite in golf, boosted by the FedExCup Playoffs.
Capping off a prolific season. 💥 pic.twitter.com/xWzCQPAxAJ
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 5, 2021
Rahm, who started the tournament four shots behind and went into the final day two back, never caught Cantlay. He never let him breathe easy, either.
Rahm earned $5 million for finishing second in the FedExCup, while Na (67) picked up $4 million. Justin Thomas (70) birdied the last hole to finish fourth, which was worth $4 million.
This was more than about money for Cantlay.
He won for the fourth time this season — one of those at the Memorial Tournament, when Rahm had to withdraw after building a six-shot lead after 54 holes because of a positive COVID-19 test results — and no one else won more than twice.