The season so far: Lucky Lee

Tue 01 Jul 2014

The season so far: Lucky Lee

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July 1: Canada’s Richard T. Lee cashed in on his hard work and a stroke of lady luck when he secured his first Asian Tour victory at the Solaire Open in the Philippines in March.
The 23-year-old finished second in the Solaire Open in 2013, albeit on a different course, but he hit all the winning numbers at The Country Club for his career breakthrough in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
“This is the biggest win of my career and it feels great! I’ve worked hard to get this win and it has definitely boosted my confidence and how I approach each tournament from now on,” said Lee after shooting a final round two-under-par 69 for a winning total seven-under-par 277.
Since making his debut on the region’s premier Tour by virtue of his second placed finish at Qualifying School last year, the Canadian, whose parents are Korean, went on an astonishing run where he did not miss a single cut in all 11 starts.
His performances earned him the 2013 Rookie of the Year award and his hunger for success forced him to step up in his game.
“This year I had a different mind-set. I practised a lot on my putting and chipping. My game feels great now and I know exactly what I want I want to do on the golf course,” said Lee.
While Lee’s brilliance shone at The Country Club, he did not discount that lady luck smiled on him too after home favourite and overnight leader Angelo Que shot a disastrous 12 on the par-five second hole to effectively squash all his hopes of winning on home soil.
“It was unfortunate to see what happened to Angelo but we are still friends and I’m sure he will bounce back from this,” said Lee.
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