Han Lee finally breaks through in Japan
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2012 Mynavi ABC Championship | Wrap | 28 Oct 2012
35 year old American, Han Lee, today won his first title on the Japan Golf Tour and one of his only events anywhere as a professional when he produced a brilliant final round of 63, four shots better than any other on the final day, to claim the Mynavi ABC Championship at the ABC Golf Club near Osaka.
Lee played collegiate golf in the US and won the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1999 and 2000 before turning professional. He played the Nationwide and Asian Tours before joining the Japan Tour in 2008.
Lee began his final round 30 minutes ahead of but five shots behind Korea’s Kim Kyung Tae who led into the final day but a 9 under par, bogey free round, gave him a one shot victory over Katsumasa Miyamoto.
Tied in 3rd position were K.T. Kim and Kaname Yokoo the latter of whom played his final four holes in five under to share third position.
Lee has been twice runner-up previously in his five years on the Japan Tour. Earlier this season he led by three shots into the final round of the Tsuruya Open before finishing 13th so his time had come.
The only Australian to make the cut was Kurt Barnes whose final round of 68 saw him pick up his first cheque in his last five events.
The Japan Golf Tour now has a one week break before the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters where amateur star Hideki Matsuyama will be defending his title.
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