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Min Woo Lee runner-up at Sahalee Players Championship

A narrow loss for Lee but a lot more to come from the exceptional talent (Photo: Bruce Young)
West Australian Min Woo Lee has finished runner-up after a playoff with American Sahith Theegala at the Sahalee Players Championship in Sammamish in Washington State, a final round of 71 allowing the 18 year old to overcome a seven shot final round deficit and force the event into a playoff.

Lee’s score of 1 under par 71 was the best of the final round and allowed him to catch the 54 hole leader, Theegala, on two occasions during the day including when he birdied the last to draw level with the American who was playing in the group behind.

Theegala is one of the stars at Pepperdine College and has already made the cut in a PGA Tour event earlier this year but the birdie he needed at the last to take the title went begging, missing a ten footer for the outright win.

The American would, however, go on to win the event at the first extra hole of the playoff.

Lee, the brother of Australia’s leading ranked female golfer, Minjee, is Australia’s leading ranked amateur on the domestic rankings and much is expected of the talented 18 year old from Royal Fremantle.  

Australian Amateur Champion Matias Sanchez of Melbourne, who interestingly defeated Lee in this year’s Australian Amateur final, also recorded a good week when he finished 6th, with Cameron John and Kiran Day next best of the large Australian contingent when they tied for 22nd.

The Sahalee Players Championships honours roll includes players such as PGA Tour winners Kyle Stanley and Ryan Moore and Daniel Summerhays.  

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