New Zealand golfer Danny Lee will have to work his way through the PGA Tour's qualifying school after missing the cut in the final event of the regular season on Saturday (NZT).

Lee bettered his two-over opening round of 74 at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with an even-par 72 but still missed the cut by three strokes.

He went into the Classic lying 164th on the PGA Tour money list, and needed at least a top-three finish to make the top 125 on the list to secure a full card for 2013.

The PGA's qualifying school is a gruelling four-stage process culminating in the final, six-round event on November 28-December 3 at PGA West in La Quinta, California, where 156 golfers battle for 25 PGA Tour cards.

American Charlie Beljan leads the Classic after shooting eight-under 64, although whether or not he plays at the weekend is in doubt.

After struggling with breathing difficulties throughout the morning, Beljan was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance that took him to hospital.

He holds a three-shot lead over a seven-strong group including Australian Matt Jones, who also shot a second-round 64, and first-round leader Charlie Wi of South Korea.

Lee has earnings of $US358,112 ($NZ439,887) this year.

NZ Newswire

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