Long wait for Lee at Australian Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | Round Four | 16 Dec 2007

Won Joon Lee faced an intrigued media conference after his final round of 66 at the Australian Open. With his likely contenders for the title still some 90 minutes away from finishing their rounds, Lee was brought into the media centre despite the possibility that he might yet face a playoff for the title.

“It was bittersweet out there in some respects as even though I made a lot of putts late in the round I missed a few early and the one at the last but overall I am very happy,” he said.

“My mum told me overnight that I should switch my putter and she doesn’t even play golf or any sport for that matter. She couldn’t play any sport to save her life but she told me overnight to remain calm and said that she thought my previous putter must be broken.”

“I had a brand new Scotty Cameron at home so decided to use that today. Over the first few holes I was regretting the decision but things began to improve over the closing nine holes and I putted very well with it.”

Lee had a chance at the last after a massive drive at the par five left him just 182 yards to the hole. He set up a 12 foot eagle chance with a 7iron but missed the putt and settled for 66 and a share of the lead with Nick O’Hern.

“I just gave it an extra nudge as I hit the ball and it missed to the right.”

Lee, the Korean born but very much Australian raised 22-year- old, has been professional for just over twelve months and has, to a large extent, struggled in that time.

In his first few events as a professional he played in Japan and made the cut in two of the three events he played but in the main he has had success well below his potential even allowing for the fact that he is a rookie.

His best has been 9th at the SK Telekom Open in Korea but, by making the cut at the Open Championship at Carnoustie, he graduated to the second stage of the USPGA Tour School and then made it to the final.

“I played bad there but gained conditional Nationwide status and now have that tour to play on and will try and play as many as I am able early before the re-rank.”

Lee was an Australian Eisenhower Trophy representative in South Africa before turning professional and in 2006 was also the New Zealand Strokeplay Champion amongst many amateur career highlights.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T4 -11 Craig Parry Australia 74 64 70 69 277
T2   ↑6 -10 Brandt Snedeker United States 69 70 70 69 278
T2   ↑T4 -10 Nick O'hern Australia 70 66 72 70 278
T2   ↑T16 -10 Won Joon Lee Australia 70 70 72 66 278
T5   ↓T1 -9 James Nitties Australia 71 66 69 73 279
T5   ↓3 -9 Stuart Appleby Australia 71 68 68 72 279
T7 -8 Aaron Baddeley Australia 70 71 69 70 280
T7   ↑T8 -8 Ewan Porter Australia 70 71 70 69 280
T7   ↑T23 -8 Greg Chalmers Australia 69 72 72 67 280
T7   ↑T16 -8 Rod Pampling Australia 73 70 69 68 280
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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