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Won Joon Lee equals best Japan Tour finish

Lee is now guaranteed Japan Tour status in 2019 (Photo: Getty Images )
Former Sydney golfer Won Joon Lee has closed with a final nine of 31 to finish in a share of second place at the Japan Golf Tour’s Top Cup Tokai Classic in Nagoya.

For 32 year old Lee, an outstanding Australian representative as an amateur, the effort equalled his second best finish on the Japan Golf Tour and very importantly ensures he will retain status for the 2019 season.

The former Concord Golf Club member moves to 29th on the Japan Tour money list for 2018 and is now comfortably inside the required mark to retain playing privileges.

Lee has played in Japan over the past few seasons after time in the US on the Web.Com Tour where he was unable to earn PGA Tour privileges but recorded several runner-up finishes.

Lee finished two shots behind the Philippine golfer Angelo Que who won his first Japan Tour event in his 4th full season in Japan.

Lee tied with a resurgent Y.E. Yang for second place with South Korean Sang Hee Lee and Thailand’s Juvic Puganusang two further back.

Lee was tied for 7th heading into today’s final round but his impressive final nine saw him challenging for his first title of any sort as a professional but he was unable to hold off the strong finish of Que who was playing two groups behind in the final group.  

Yang won earlier in the year and the 2009 PGA Champion appears to be on the road to better things after several years in the golfing wilderness.

Of the other Australians Matthew Griffin was 17th,  Anthony Quayle 23rd, David Bransdon 40th and New Zealander Michael Hendry 60th.

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