12 Jul 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Min Woo Lee-ds the way

by PGA of Australia

Min Woo Lee kisses the Scottish Open trophy and Lucas Herbert finished T4.

By Tony Webeck

An equipment adjustment, a pre-round premonition and some Wimbledon inspiration all conspired to deliver Min Woo Lee a second European Tour title in another outstanding week for Aussie golfers across the globe.

Replicating three professional wins and two by our leading amateurs of a week ago was always going to be difficult yet Lee’s stunning final round at the abrdn Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club once again gave Australian golf a moment to savour.

One of three Aussies inside the top five entering the final round, Lee was three strokes back at the start of the day yet a six-hole birdie blitz on the front nine saw him join Belgium’s Thomas Detry and Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick at the top of the leaderboard.

Following a 90-minute suspension of play when heavy rain turned into a thunderstorm late in the round, Lee birdied the 16th hole to take the lead at 18-under par, Detry and Fitzpatrick also making four at the par-5 to match the 22-year-old’s total.

All three returned to the 18th tee for the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, Lee’s brilliant approach to eight feet and subsequent birdie putt earning the West Australian a maiden Rolex Series win and a place at The Open Championship.

“I was actually watching Wimbledon and it was nice to see Djokovic come in and do his interview,” Lee said of his time in the clubhouse during the rain delay.

“I thought that was a good feeling and I might want to do that.

“It’s just crazy. I’ve kind of dreamt of it last night and people back home staying up late to watch me, sending messages. This one is for you too.”

Two weeks ago Lee changed to an Odyssey White Hot OG #1 putter and made another adjustment this week at the other end of the bag, using a 9-degree Callaway Epic Speed Driver with Fujikura Ventus Red 7X shaft as he hit 76.9 per cent of fairways and 94.4 per cent of greens in his closing 7-under 64.

Irish Open winner Lucas Herbert (66) enjoyed another strong week as he finished tied for fourth playing alongside world No.1 Jon Rahm in the final round while Wade Ormsby (69) can celebrate his tie for 12th with one of the 204 bottles of whisky he won by making a hole-in-one at the par-3 12th.

Stephanie Kyriacou followed up her win last week with a tie for sixth at the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series event in London and Dimi Papadatos – runner-up a week ago – continued his good form on the Challenge Tour with a tie for ninth at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France.

In the US, two Aussies took steps towards ensuring their status on the PGA Tour in 2022 with strong finishes on both the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour.

Victorian Cameron Percy moved up to 126th in the FedEx Cup standings on the back of a final round of 6-under 65 and a tie for 11th at the John Deere Classic while Brett Drewitt moved up two spots to be 23rd on the Korn Ferry Tour Order of Merit courtesy of a tie for seventh at the TPC Colorado Championship.

Although it has been the young stars dominating the headlines of late Rod Pampling represented the seniors superbly at the US Senior Open, firing the equal-best round of the day to make a charge up the leaderboard to take fourth spot, four shots behind the winner, Jim Furyk.

European Tour

abrdn Scottish Open

The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

Winner Min Woo Lee    68-69-65-64—266         €1,123,300

Won on the first hole of sudden death playoff

T4        Lucas Herbert   69-68-64-66—267         €281,365

T12      Wade Ormsby   67-69-66-69—271         €107,961

T44      Ryan Fox           70-70-68-68—276         €31,381

T44      Scott Hend        67-70-70-69—276         €31,381

MC       Jason Scrivener 68-71-74—213  €10,883

MC       Maverick Antcliff           76-75—151

PGA Tour

John Deere Classic

TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois

Winner Lucas Glover     68-63-70-64—265         $US1.116m

T11      Cameron Percy 70-68-67-65—270         $124,664

T34      Rhein Gibson    69-67-68-70—274         $30,956

T55      Cam Davis         67-69-73-69—278         $14,446

T62      John Senden     74-63-72-71—280         $13,640

68        Greg Chalmers  69-65-75-73—282         $12,958

MC       Aaron Baddeley 72-67—139

WD      Danny Lee        69-38—107


Marathon LPGA Classic

Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio

Winner Nasa Hataoka   61-69-64—194  $US300,000

T15      Su Oh   69-67-68—204  $25,099

T60      Katherine Kirk   71-71-69—211  $4,836

T64      Sarah Kemp      70-72-70—212  $4,387

MC       Sarah Jane Smith           70-73—143

Korn Ferry Tour

TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes

TPC Colorado, Berthoud, Colorado

Winner Tag Ridings       70-68-66-68—272         $US108,000

Won on the second hole of sudden-death playoff

T7        Brett Drewitt    69-70-68-68—275         $17,800

71        Steven Alker     70-71-74-73—288         $2,328

T76      Jamie Arnold     70-72-77-71—290         $2,262

MC       Brett Coletta     73-72—145

MC       Nick Voke         73-72—145

MC       Robert Allenby  80-77—157

WD      Ryan Ruffels      83

Challenge Tour

Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge

Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil, Le Vaudreuil, France

Winner Marcel Siem     71-62-69-67—269         €33,600

T9        Dimitrios Papadatos      70-65-71-71—277         €4,830

T12      Josh Geary        70-68-71-69—278         €3,780

T56      Blake Windred  69-72-74-72—287         €703

MC       David Micheluzzi           79-74—153

Ladies European Tour

Aramco Team Series

Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, England

Winner Marianne Skarpnord     73-65-68—206  €25,366

T6       Stephanie Kyriacou       70-70-71—211  €4,988

11        Minjee Lee       72-73-68—213  €3,720

T84     Whitney Hillier  75-80-75—230

T107     Victoria Fricot   88-88-80—256

Symetra Tour

Donald Ross Classic

French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana

Winner Casey Danielson            67-68-68—203  $US37,500

T17      Robyn Choi       70-69-70—209  $3,425

T21      Hira Naveed      70-69-71—210  $2,932

63        Julienne Soo     73-70-78—221  $871

MC       Stephanie Na    73-72—145

MC       Soo Jin Lee        72-74—146

MC       Julianne Alvarez            77-74—151

Champions Tour

US Senior Open

Winner Jim Furyk          72-64-66-71—273         $US720,000

4          Rod Pampling   69-72-69-67—277         $193,249

T21      Peter Fowler     71-70-69-75—285         $42,840

MC       David McKenzie 75-73—148

WD      Mark Hensby    40

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