Ama­teur delivers on world stage

LEE TEES IT UP TO TOP PRO­FES­SION­ALS IN MATCH PLAY

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT - Matt Zis

ROYAL Fre­man­tle Golf Club player Min Woo Lee promised fire­works at Lake Kar­rinyup’s ISPS Handa World Su­per 6.

The 19-year-old ama­teur de­liv­ered on that prom­ise Sun­day, knock­ing out the top-ranked player in the field and the num­ber 1 seed on his way to a quar­ter fi­nal fin­ish.

Lee, who qual­i­fied as the 16th seed for the match play com­po­nent of the tour­na­ment, was un­fazed at re­ceiv­ing the most chal­leng­ing draw of any player at the tour­na­ment.

In round 1, Lee faced world SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS num­ber 38 Satoshi Ko­daira of Ja­pan.

Within four holes it was clear the West Aus­tralian was on a mis­sion, with four birdies open­ing his match play round.

Ko­daira con­ceded on the third and again on the fifth, end­ing his tour­na­ment with a 3-1 de­feat, en­sur­ing an­other ma­jor up­set at the Euro­pean Tour event.

Lee pro­gressed and took on num­ber 1 seed Prom Mee­sawat of Thai­land for a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Both play­ers started as they had fin­ished, with birdies at one and two leav­ing them all square early in the con­test.

How­ever, the win­ner of the stroke play couldn’t match it with his younger op­po­nent, con­ced­ing on holes four and six, as Lee clinched the tie 2up.

Un­for­tu­nately the lo­cal couldn’t keep his high-quality game rolling, with Sam Hors­field dom­i­nat­ing their quar­ter-fi­nal to oust Lee on the fourth hole 3-2.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ing end to the tour­na­ment, the ama­teur from Royal Fre­man­tle Golf Club was ex­tremely proud of his ef­forts.

He de­feated plenty of top pro­fes­sional play­ers along the way to fin­ish as the high­est-placed lo­cal and well above crowd-draw­ers Lee West­wood, Danny Wil­lett and Brett Rum­ford.

“I am pretty proud of how I played this week; I don’t know what of­fi­cially I came but I am happy I am here and get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to play,” Lee said.

In two rounds of match play, Lee claimed 10 birdies in his first 12 holes to show­case his tal­ent in front of his home crowd.

“I just took ev­ery chance;ev­ery shot re­ally just turned out how I wanted it to,” he said.

“I am re­ally con­fi­dent and that I played in a world-class event. There are some world-class play­ers out here and I beat some of them.”

Lee’s next as­sign­ment is in Qatar but de­spite a ca­reer-best week, any plans to turn pro re­main on hold for the time be­ing.

“I think it is good for the world rank­ing points but no, I don’t think it changes any­thing,” he said. “De­pends what op­por­tu­ni­ties I get but I am happy with where I am at.”

Min Woo Lee tees off at the World Su­per Six tour­na­ment, where he made an im­pres­sion amongst world-class play­ers.

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