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Min Woo Lee's stunning weekend earns massive payday

Lee on his way to a huge payday (Photo: Getty Images )
West Australian Min Woo Lee followed up his third round of 63 at the Saudi International with yet another 7 under round of 63 to finish alone in 4th place in the inaugural staging of the event and earns an immediate boost to his earnings in just his second event in the paid ranks.

Lee secured a cheque for €152,500 for finishing just four shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, his superb weekend, which was better by one shot than the rest of the field, opening up all sorts of possibilities for the 20-year old.

Without status on any tour, the top ten finish would otherwise have given him a start at the European Tour’s Vic Open this week south of Melbourne but Lee also has an invite to the Web.Com Tour event in Panama and so a decision will need to be made as to which direction he takes.

It is perhaps a nice problem to have although a delicate one given the commitment he has made to the Web.Com Tour.

“Yeah, I didn't know what to expect today," said Lee. I just knew that I had to keep my head in the game, really, and hit every shot really fully committed. I'm happy that I did and I'm glad with the score.

“I know those guys are superstars, so I just said, play my own game. I'm glad I posted a low score. I don't know what's going on behind me. I think they are a few ahead but I'm just happy with my second start as a pro.”

Johnson won the event by two over a determined Li Haotong who overcame the disappointment of a final hole two shot penalty at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic to take the lead during today’s final round before Johnson’s strong closing nine secured the victory for the world number 3.

“Yeah, it's great to come here for the first, kind of the inaugural event, to come here and be the champion and I'm very honoured to be the champion,” said Johnson.

“You know, I've got some really good friends who are very involved with this golf tournament and kind of made it happen. When they were talking about with me a year -- a little over a year ago in Abu Dhabi, I told him I would come play, and I'm here and I'm definitely -- you know, it's a big win for me and I'm very, very honoured to be the champion.

“Absolutely I would come back. I think the event went off fantastically, and you know, the golf course, I enjoyed the golf course. Obviously, I played it very well. It's a beautiful course and I really like it. I really enjoyed my week this week, and I hope to be back next year.”

Aside from Lee’s great week it was also a good tournament for his fellow Australasians Scott Hend and Ryan Fox who finished in a share of 6th. Both players are €80,000 better off for their efforts this week.

New European Tour recruit and the winner of the 2018 Australasian Tour’s Order of Merit, Jake McLeod, began and finished the event well and although his middle rounds caused him to lose ground, his final round 68 saw him finish 34th.


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