Tain Lee finds himself in the mix at the 2021 Palmetto Championship through 54 holes. Many people are wondering – who in the world is Tain Lee?
Lee is actually playing on the Forme Tour this season. That’s a tour designed for players on the Canadian Tour for this season. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, players were unable to cross between the United States and Canada, so the PGA Tour designed this tour to give those players events to play in this year.
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Having spent some time on the Korn Ferry Tour and the MacKenzie Tour, Lee has not exactly lit the world on fire. He has made 29 KFT starts and has never had a Top 25 finish.
However, in his two previous starts on the PGA Tour this season, Lee has made the cut both times. At the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Lee finished T69. And at the Valero Texas Open, he was T59.
But no one could have seen this week coming. A player who has just over $32,000 in earnings on tour this season is in the mix against some of the best players in the world.
Lee started his week in South Carolina with a solid round on Thursday. He made five birdies and just one bogey on his way to a 4-under par 67.
On Friday, Lee had eight birdies but was victimized by three bogeys and a double. Still, it was a 3-under par round of 68 that left him in a tie for third heading to the weekend.
Lee got things going early on Saturday.
He birdied the first two holes to get to 9-under for the tournament. After a par at the third, he birdied the fourth and fifth holes to grab the lead at 11-under.
From there, he made seven straight pars and maintained the lead. However, he played the next five holes in five over par to slip back to 6-under for the tournament. He’s tied for seventh with one hole, and one round, to play.
Lee has a chance for a life-changing win on Sunday. The 31-year-old will need to do something special in the final round to make it happen, but at least he’s got a chance.