UPDATE: Danny Lee makes $8,000 for the Greenbrier and West Virginia flood victims

Danny Lee made five birdies Thursday at the Scottish Open.

UPDATE: Danny Lee makes $8,000 for the Greenbrier and West Virginia flood victims

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UPDATE: Danny Lee makes $8,000 for the Greenbrier and West Virginia flood victims

UPDATE, July 9, 4:07 p.m. ET:

Danny Lee’s dropped in three birdies in the third round at the Scottish Open. With $500 donated for every birdie, that means Lee earned $1,500 for charity Saturday. That puts his total through three rounds at $8,000.

UPDATE, July 8, 12:45 p.m. ET:

Danny Lee’s second-round 66 at the Scottish Open included six birdies. With $500 donated for every birdie, that means Lee earned $3,000 for charity Friday. That puts his total through 36 holes at $5,500.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Danny Lee is just two back after 18 holes in Scotland, and that should make plenty of people in West Virginia happy.

The New Zealander made five birdies in the opening round of the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, posting a 1-under 71 and sitting in a tie for 11th after closing with a disappointing double bogey.

The reason for Lee’s appearance at Castle Stuart is unfortunate: he would’ve been in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., this week to defend his Greenbrier Classic title, but a massive flood in the state that killed dozens and caused incredible damage forced the tournament’s cancellation.

Yet that hasn’t stopped the 25-year-old from staying connected to the site of his first – and only – PGA Tour win.

After Bubba Watson pledged a significant donation to aid in the relief and recovery efforts from the West Virginia flooding, Lee is now doing his part.

Lee and the Danny Lee Foundation, Inc. announced prior to the Scottish Open a pledge to Neighbors Loving Neighbors to support the Greenbrier and the surrounding area affected by the flooding. In the pledge, Lee promised to donate $500 for every birdie and $1,000 for every eagle he makes at the Scottish Open.

After five birdies on Day One, his tally is already up to $2,500. Here’s his full Twitter message on the subject:

Classy move, Danny. Classy move.

– Kevin Casey

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