Who's who: Danny Lee

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Who's who: Danny Lee

  • Name:

    Danny Jin-Myung Lee
  • Country:

    New Zealand
  • Born:

    July 24, 1990 in Incheon, South Korea.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Rotorua Boys' H.S., NZ.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2009

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (2015). Winner on the PGA Tour, and (as an amateur) in the Johnnie Walker Classic (co-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours).

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Born in Incheon, near Seoul in South Korea, Lee emigrated to New Zealand with his parents when he was eight-years-old. His outstanding amateur career was capped when he became the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2008 at Pinehurst. At age 18 years and one month, he was six months younger than Tiger Woods (who won the first of his three U.S. Amateur titles in 1994).

After winning the co-sanctioned Johnnie Walker Classic in 2009 as an amateur, Lee recorded his first professional win at the Nationwide Tour's WNB Golf Classic in 2011. A maiden win on the full PGA Tour came after a four-way playoff at The Greenbrier Classic in 2015.

Top tournaments won by Danny Lee

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Lee, Danny

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

$1,206,000

Title sponsor

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Played as The Greenbrier Classic (July 2-5). First-time PGA Tour winner Lee (NZ) beat David Hearn (Can) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-5 17th). Robert Streb (USA) and Kevin Kisner (USA) were eliminated at the first playoff hole (par-3 18th). [Old White TPC course, Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].

2009
Aus/NZ
271 (-17)
amateur
Johnnie Walker

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Lee, Danny

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

Johnnie Walker

Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Feb 19-22; Asian/Eurpn/Aus Trs event). Second-placed Felipe Aguilar (Chile), Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) and Ross McGowan (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Lee (NZ). Aged 18 yrs 213 days, Lee became the youngest player and only the second amateur to win on the European Tour. [The Vines Resort & CC, nr Perth, Aus; composite of Lakes & Ellenbrook courses].

2008
Amateur
5 & 4
amateur
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Lee, Danny

Score

5 & 4

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Amateur Championship (108th) (Aug 18-24). Danny Lee (NZ) beat Drew Kittleson (USA) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. Lee became the youngest ever winner of the US Amateur, surpassing Tiger Woods by 6 months. Lee birdied 13 of the 32 holes played in the final. [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, NC].

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