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Min Woo Lee continues to impress on European Tour

Lee working towards exemption on the European Tour (Photo: Getty Images)
Despite playing the European Tour only on invitation in his rookie year as a professional, West Australian golfer, Min Woo Lee, has added a 4th top-20 finish in seven events in 2019 at the Volvo China Open in Shenzhen.

Lee's 12 under total at Genzon Golf Club left him in 14th place and as the leading Australian. 

The 20-year-old added a final round of 70 today to finish eight shots from the playoff pair of Mikko Korhonen and Benjamin Hebert in the event jointly sanctioned between the European and Asian Tours but moves further up the Race to Dubai money list.  

Lee will earn the equivalent of $A55,000 and takes his season’s earnings in Europe to close to €250,000 and the 20-year old moves to 51st in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Lee recorded two double bogeys early in the week, one in a round of 67 on Friday but he progressed through the field over the weekend to continue his impressive start on the European Tour.

Lee missed the cut in his first event of the year in Abu Dhabi but a 4th place finish in Saudi Arabia was followed by a 5th place finish in Perth, a 20th place in Qatar and now this week's 14th place.

Many feel Lee could go on to emulate some of Australia’s greats such is the significant talent he possesses and, if what he has shown thus far in his professional career is anything to go by, those predictions might prove to be prophetic.

His sister Minjee is moving closer to the number one position in the female game and her younger brother appears to have a significant career ahead of him also.  

Lismore’s, Sam Brazel, was another shot back in a share of 19th place, Jason Scrivener 32nd, Zach Murray and Wade Ormsby 60th and Scott Hend 65th.

Korhonen won the event after a birdie at the second hole of a playoff against Frenchman Hebert after Hebert birdied the 72nd hole to join the Swede in the lead. The playoff pair finished one shot ahead of the current hottest player on the European Tour, Jorge Campillo.

"It’s an amazing feeling," said the winner. "I don’t know how I did it. But it’s probably the putter that was my winning formula this week. I made lots of putts from outside 15-20 feet this week. I made a birdie on 17 and gave myself a chance to win it on 18 but I didn’t manage to do that. But I was happy to get into the play-off.

"It was my first time in a play-off and I had nothing to lose. I just had to make birdie. Winning a golf tournament is never easy. It was a battle all day as everyone was making putts and I had to stay patient and do the same.  It’s great to have this second win in the bag and I’m delighted."

Spain's Campillo added yet another top-three finish, his 5th such finish in his last six starts.

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