1 Oct 2015

Lee to reap rewards of PGA Tour success

11:58 am on 1 October 2015

Former PGA Tour professional Phil Tataurangi predicts life will only get better for Danny Lee following a breakthrough season on the world's biggest golf tour.

Danny Lee of New Zealand hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Danny Lee in action at the season-ending Tour Championship Photo: AFP

Lee finished in a tie for second at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, four shots behind the winner Jordan Spieth.

The result capped off a stellar season for the 25-year-old, who won his first PGA Tour event at the Greenbrier Classic in July and finished 9th in the season-long Fedex Cup standings.

All up, Lee made $7 million in prize money. He is now at a career high ranking of 35th in the world but Tataurangi said Danny would really see the rewards of this season in the coming year.

"When you do that, not only do you rack up a fair bit of cash in the back pocket, you're considered one of the better players in the world, you play yourself into a whole heap of tournaments by automatic exemption and life looks pretty good from that stage," Tataurangi said.

Tataurangi predicts Lee will be a big weapon for the International team when they take on America in the Presidents Cup in South Korea next week.