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By : BGA Proshop
West Australian home town hero from Royal Fremantle Golf Club, Min Woo Lee has just won his first European Tour event taking out the Victoria Open 2020 at 13th Beach in Melbourne Victoria.
This was a special win for Lee as he joined his sister, Minjee Lee on the trophy who also won the tournament back in 2018.
"My sister and I winning the same tournament, it's pretty special," he said. "I've got bragging rights now so it's even better."
Minjee added: "I was super, super proud of him. It was really cool to just even be here with him and even watch him the last two holes. Just to see him play, I haven't really seen him play that much, so to be able to have a win here is really cool."
Lee played fantastic the whole week in what can only be called “trying” conditions with winds up to 50 kms an hour and was described by commentators as 3 – 4 club differences.
He started the final day with a 3 shot lead being paired with Marcus Fraser and Travis Smyth and got off to the perfect start as he birdied 3 of his first 4 holes. Fraser was not going to let him run away with it and had birdied 3 of his first 5 holes. Lee then played solid as the course went out towards the beach where the winds we gusting. He had 10 straight pars but Ryan Fox the eventual runner was closing quickly. Fox was 5 under through 10 holes and teeing off a couple of groups earlier had birdied the 16th and eagled the 18th to finish in the club house at 17 under.
Lee after the round said that he had heard the cheers and knew Fox was close birded the 15th to give himself some breathing space but then hit his tee shot on the par 3 17th long and could not get up and down dropping a shot and cutting his lead to 1. After he eagled the 18th on Saturday, Lee stood on the tee with a one shot lead knowing he needed a par to win. With his length Lee hit iron off the tee and another iron which put him safely on the edge of the green. With three putt to win his eagled burned the edge and a tap in birdie secured victory for the young West Australia kid.
The win secured Lee a cheque for almost $184 k but more importantly a European Tour card for the next 2 years.
After the round he said “It's awesome, Vic Open, it's the home open. Especially as it's the European Tour, it's big. I'm over the moon.”
"I thought coming in I had a really good chance because I was hitting it really good but I think I impressed myself with the game this whole week."
"I felt really comfortable just because if I did exactly the same as yesterday, I felt pretty hard to stop. I started off really hot off the gate and it was pretty comfortable those last few holes. It got a bit nervy but I'm pretty proud of the way I finished."
“I always knew I had the ability to be one of the top players in the world and I think I've shown this week that, for myself as well, that I could play under pressure and play pretty comfortably and shoot a low score,” Lee said.
“So, you know, I'm not going to say what I can be and who I can be, but I'm really excited for the next year and next few years.
“Hopefully I'm playing on the big stage and playing some majors and contending in them.”