Lee hangs tough for last spot at Web.com Q-School
With a short game that many professionals would kill for, young Perth golfer Min Woo Lee used it with remarkable dexterity to advance to the second stage of qualifying school for the rich Web.Com Tour in the US next year.
Lee mixed some costly dropped shots with some short-game brilliance to keep his hopes of making it onto one of the world’s biggest golf stages alive.
Min Woo Lee (Credit: WGA)
Lee’s closing total of a one-over-par 73 kept him in the hunt – just – as he finished at nine-under-par and right on the figure that would advance to the Q-school finale in Chandler, Arizona in less than a month’s time.
There Lee will be joined by another Australian, Brett Coletta from Victoria, who won through last week.
Lee, who is the brother of LPGA winner Minjee Lee, is a member at Royal Fremantle and is currently the No.7-ranked amateur in the world.
He began the final day disastrously when he bogeyed the third and double-bogeyed the fourth hole which left himself outside the cut line.
A birdie on the fifth was quickly forgotten when he took another double at the 10th and at that stage his hopes looked ‘gone’.
A birdie on 12 regained some momentum, but Lee was still two shots adrift of safety before he chipped to four metres from 125m and drilled the birdie putt on the 16th.
All seemed lost again, though, when his tee shot finished 20m through the par-three 17th green.
Again, though, he made a stunning up and down for par to leave him needing a birdie up the last to avoid any prospect of a playoff.
All day, though, things didn’t come easily for Lee, who was again in bother when he blocked his drive right into the sand on the closing par five.
He laid up to about 70, then calmly pitched to 5m and again drained the birdie putt.
“I’m pretty pumped,” Lee said. “That was awesome. I can’t wait for the final now.”