DANNY LEE CLOSE TO SECOND PGA TOUR TITLE

21/10/2019

Danny Lee has come agonisingly close to capturing a PGA Tour event in his country of birth, finishing runner-up at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges at Jeju Island, South Korea.

Lee fired rounds of 66, 67, 68, and 69 to finish 18-under par for the event, two shots back of world number five Justin Thomas.

The pair started the day in a share of the lead and were locked in a tight tussle starting the closing nine holes of the tournament.

They both opened their final rounds with three-under par opening nines, and once again traded birdies at the par five 12th as they begun their back nine battle. Thomas put some distance in between himself and the Kiwi with a birdie at the 14th while Lee bogeyed both the 15th and 16th holes to fall three shots behind with two holes to play.

Thomas made bogey on the 17th and finished off a great week with a birdie on 18 for a two-shot victory over Lee.

The second-place finish capped off an emotional week for the Kiwi whose child was born prematurely the week earlier. He moves up 120 spots in the FedEx Cup standings into 11th, and banks more than $US1 million for his efforts.

Lee will be looking to throw his name in the mix for a President’s Cup captain’s pick with a couple more results like this week’s, in the coming events.

Ryan Fox has finished in a tie for 18th place at the Amundi Open de France on the European Tour.

The Kiwi number one began the week with a hiss and a roar, storming into the lead with an opening round of six-under 65.

Fox then carded rounds of 74, 71, and 71 to finish at three-under for the tournament, nine shots back of champion Nicolas Colsaerts.

The big-hitting Kiwi falls two spots in the Race to Dubai into 57th position and will need a big push in the final few events to put his name into President’s Cup captain’s pick contention.

On the European Challenge Tour, Fraser Wilkin has finished in a toe for 23rd at the Hainan Open in China.

Wilkin is continuing his solid form after finishing fifth at the Carrus Open on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour last week. He posted rounds of 73, 70, 68, and 73 to finish at four-under for the tournament.

Also making the cut at the same event is Josh Geary who finished two shots further back of Wilkin at two-under for the tournament, and in a share of 30th place.

Geary finished with rounds of 68, 73, 70, and 75, and is projected to fall to 22nd place in the Challenge Tour rankings. The top 15 all gain European Tour cards at the season’s end.

Kieran Muir and Hayden Beard also made the trip to China, but unfortunately did not make the weekend.

On the LPGA Tour, Lydia Ko has finished in a tie for 28th at the Buick LPGA Shanghai in China.

Ko has shot rounds of 69, 74, 70, and 74 to finish at one-under par for the tournament, 15 shots back of winner and her good friend Danielle Kang.

The world number 31 remains in 39th position in the Race to CME Globe.

Finally, Denzel Ieremia teed it up on the Japan Tour at the Japan Open Golf Championship.

The rookie pro shot rounds 73, 74, 73 and 80 to finish at 16-over for the event in a tough week of scoring where not one player broke even-par for the tournament.

 

    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Kobori, Kazuma 145.55
    2 Brown, Luke 104.65
    3 Lee, Jang Hyun 103.16
    4 Wood, Tyler 103.05
    5 Tynan, Johnny 95.16
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Chung, Darae 192.59
    2 Xu, Fiona 146.41
    3 Khoo, Caryn 142.44
    4 Lu, Vivian 131.84
    5 Dryland, Brittney 101.83