10 Feb 2021 | Professional golf |
Lee preps for "amazing" Pebble
by Martin Blake
Min Woo Lee picked a spectacular place to make his US PGA Tour debut; at Pebble Beach on the Monterrey Peninsula over the next few days, the wider golf community will get a look at one of the best young players to emerge from Australia in years. Perth's Lee, 22, has a sponsor's invitation to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am starting Thursday night, Australian eastern time, having plied his trade on the European Tour for the past 12 months. While he has full status in Europe, he ultimately aims to mimic his elder sister Minjee Lee and take his game to America on a longer-term basis. With the likelihood of a few sponsor's invitations this season, the best-case scenario would be for him to earn enough points to play his way on to the US Tour, as Cameron Smith did a few years ago. That all depends how he plays, and his recent form in Europe has been less-than-great, with five consecutive missed cuts. It was at 13th Beach this time last year that he announced himself on the professional scene with a brilliant win at the ISPS Handa Vic Open men's tournament, giving himself two years' of playing rights in Europe. "It's amazing to obviously start at Pebble Beach," Lee said today. "Really excited to play this week. Yeah, it's a dream come true to get a start on the PGA Tour and hopefully I capitalize on it." It is his second trip to the "amazing" Pebble Beach, having competed in a US Amateur there previously. "I really don't know the course too much, so it's, just to be back is awesome and I played that back nine today and it's something special." Lee is one of nine Australians playing this week including former world No. 1 Jason Day.
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