Home comfort awaits Lee in Korea

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Home comfort awaits Lee in Korea

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Incheon, Korea, September 27: New Zealand’s Danny Lee will be hoping for a perfect home coming when he makes his debut at the KRW 1.2 billion (approximately US$1 million) Shinhan Donghae Open which starts on Thursday.
The world number 54 will return to his birthplace in Incheon where he will attempt to take on the region’s best players at the Bears Best Cheongna Golf Club.
“I grew up in Incheon and it’s always good to come back to Korea and play in front of all my friends, relatives and grandparents. It’s going to be really fun. I need lots of tickets to give out to them now as they’ve already told me they will be coming over to watch me play.
“I’m always happy whenever there’s an opportunity to play events in Korea. Last year, it was the Presidents Cup and this year, it’s the Shinhan Donghae Open, which is a really big event now that it’s sanctioned with the Asian Tour,” said Lee.
Lee first broke into the scene when he became the youngest winner at the US Amateur Championship last year, eclipsing Tiger Woods’ record in 2008.
He then followed that up with another win at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia as an amateur the following year.
The New Zealander turned professional in 2009 and would go on to win his maiden title on the PGA TOUR at the Greenbrier Classic in 2015.
Having represented New Zealand at the Olympics where he finished tied-27th last month, Lee is now turning his attention to the long-established Shinhan Donghae Open which is seeing the return of the Asian Tour as its new sanctioning partner along with the Korean PGA.
The popular event last featured on the Asian Tour schedule in 2002.
“I played pretty well last year especially with my win on the PGA TOUR. I struggled this year, missing three cuts in a row, which didn’t help me that much. But it’s still a learning process for me and I feel like my game is getting better every day.
“I’ve to play my own game and stick to my game plan. There are a couple of tricky holes out there and my course management will be very important this week,” said Lee.
Lee will be hoping to add his name to the Shinhan Donghae Open’s roll of honour that includes Asian Tour honorary members K.J. Choi and India’s Jeev Milha Singh as well as international luminaries Paul Casey of England and Japan’s Seiji Ebihar.
He will however face stiff opposition from defending champion and Olympian Byeonghun An of Korea as well as home favourites, K.T. Kim and Younghan Song, all proven winners on the Asian Tour.
Other marquee names for the Shinhan Donghae Open include Australia’s Scott Hend, who currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit and India’s Arjun Atwal, who is the first Indian golfer to win on the PGA TOUR.
Sponsored by the Shinhan Financial Group for the past 32 years, the Shinhan Donghae Open will also be the last major tournament on the KPGA schedule.
As an added motivation for players from the KPGA, the top three players not otherwise exempt will earn places at the US$1.1 million Venetian Macao Open scheduled from October 13 to 16.
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About Shinhan Financial Group
Shinhan Financial Group (SFG) is one of the leading financial institutions in Korea. It is the largest financial services provider in Korea in terms of both total assets and profitability. Shinhan Financial Group currently has 13 direct subsidiaries and 24 indirect subsidiaries offering a wide range of financial products and services, including commercial banking, corporate banking, private banking, credit card, asset management, brokerage and insurance services. The Group currently serves approximately 18.3 million active customers through 25,600 employees at 1,488 network branches group-wide. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and operates 156 offices in 19 countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Poland, Philippine and Dubai.www.Shinhangroup.com
About the Korean PGA
KPGA is the organization of the Korean men's professional golfers and teaching professionals which was founded in 1968. At present, with 6,000 members, KPGA's goal is to enhance the careers of its members as well as to develop the game of golf through professional tournaments.
 
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