Danny Lee Misses Tour Champs After Final Day Blitz

Danny Lee of New Zealand plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston on August 21, 2020 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Danny Lee of New Zealand plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston on August 21, 2020 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Danny Lee had his best round of the weekend but it wasn’t enough to push him into the top 30 point scorers for the end of season PGA Tour playoffs next week.

After rounds of 73, 72, 74 Lee’s 2-under 68 was one of the best rounds of the day on the tough Olympia Fields course to help him to finish tied for 14th at 7-over for the BMW Championship, still 11 shots behind eventual winner Jon Rahm.

Agonisingly Lee dropped three places in the race to make the end of year playoffs next week and looks likely to finish on 45th place, 15 spots out of the playoffs.

The BMW Championship was eventually won by Spaniard Jon Rahm after he jarred a 65-foot birdie putt to beat Dustin Johnson on the first playoff hole.

After a 6-under 64 in the final round, Rahm had to sit back and wait for Johnson to join him on 4-under before the playoff.

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm of Spain plays a second shot on the second hole during the third round of the BMW Championship on the North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club on August 29, 2020 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Even with so few people around, Jon Rahm could hear from the other side of the Olympia Fields clubhouse that Dustin Johnson had made a 45-foot birdie on the final hole to force a playoff Sunday in the BMW Championship.

Resilient as ever, Rahm went out and made some magic of his own.

From one end of the 18th green to the other, Rahm’s putt from just over 65 feet rolled down the ridge and into the cup, setting off a roar so loud it nearly made up for not having spectators.

“I knew how good DJ has been playing. I was expecting nothing else,” Rahm said. “I was fully confident it was going to come into a playoff and hoping to win it. Never did I think I would make another 50-, 60-footer, a couple of breaks in there, to end up winning it.”

Johnson remained No. 1 in the FedExCup standings while Rahm moved up to No. 2 as the PGA Tour Championship begins this week.

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