Dragon Boy Li Does Asia Proud

China’s Li Haotong (pictured) put up a gallant fight at the inaugural Saudi International that ended yesterday in the oil-rich nation of Saudi Arabia.

The 23-year old Chinese phenom was paired with former world number one and current reigning number three Dustin Johnson who went on to win the tournament.

Li finished second just two strokes behind Johnson at 17-under par and proved yet again that he is a player destined for the big time in professional golf. Since he broke onto the European Tour, Li has secured two wins and a second placing. Li’s second place earned him a pay-check for US$388,880, a real bonus for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year!

Malaysia’s Gavin Green finished tied 11th and banked in a check for US$62,300.

The surprise of the tournament was 20-year old Min Woo Lee, the kid brother of LPGA star Min Jee Lee. The youngster, playing on a special invitation finished fourth on his own for a check for US$175,000, his first check as a professional golfer. Lee who is of South Korean descent just turned professional.