Lee seals come­back with win at Shin­han Dong­hae

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

IN­CHEON: Canada’s Richard T Lee com­pleted his re­mark­able come­back from in­juries by over­com­ing a two-shot deficit to win the Shin­han Dong­hae Open by one shot yes­ter­day.

Lee’s fi­nal round of five-un­der-par 66 was enough to see him lift his sec­ond Asian Tour ti­tle at the ex­pense of Malaysia’s Gavin Green, who was left to set­tle for sec­ond place af­ter he had started the day with the lead.

“I’m go­ing to re­mem­ber this win for a very long time espe­cially af­ter com­ing off in­juries, work­ing on my game from scratch again,” the 26-year-old said af­ter the win.

Lee’s ca­reer had ap­peared in a freefall with his Asian Tour card seem­ingly lost af­ter he suf­fered from a dis­lo­cated shoul­der and mus­cle spasm and was left with­out a win for three years.

But his re­solve to win again saw him re­turn to Korea early to prac­tise where he played on the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club for at least six times be­fore the tour­na­ment got un­der­way.

Lee’s ef­forts were fi­nally re­warded when he posted rounds of 68, 71, 68 and 66 to lift the Shin­han Dong­hae Open tro­phy with his win­ning to­tal of 11-un­der-par 273.

Green mean­while re­mained op­ti­mistic about his fu­ture de­spite hav­ing to wait longer for his maiden break­through on the Asian Tour.

The Malaysian had sev­eral chances to at least force a play-off with Lee com­ing down the stretch but spurred his chances by miss­ing sev­eral costly putts.

Thai­land’s Natipong Srithong shot a clos­ing 68 to share sixth place with Kim Hi-Whan of South Korea on 276.

Richard T Lee with the tro­phy.

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