Rookie Win For Lee – Big Day For Asia!
Here’s another terrific reason for Asia to celebrate amidst all the chaos and confusion brought about by the raging pandemic.
South Korean golfer K.H. Lee (pictured) has scored his first big win on the PGA Tour by nailing the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson. Not only was it a huge win for him but it also signalled Asia’s growing strength on the PGA Tour. Fellow compatriot, Sung Kang won the same event in 2019. Lee picked up a winner’s check for US$1.42 million.
Playing in wet conditions a long weather delay, Lee romped home as a convincing winner when he wrapped up the final day of the tournament at 25-under, topping the field by three strokes.
Lee’s journey leading to his first PGA Tour win started with his move to the United States in 2016 to play on the then-Web.com Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour), and finally becoming a full-time member of the PGA Tour in 2019.
The Seoul native’s best previous finish was earlier this year when he finished T-2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, just behind Brooks Koepka.
With the win, Lee got into next week’s PGA Championship and he has also gained full exemption for Tour events through the 2022-23 seasons and jumped to 29th in the FedExCup standings.
Sam Burns, who led after 54 holes, was alone in second while Scott Stallings, Daniel Berger, Charl Schwartzel and Patton Kizzire were all third at 21-under.