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Min Woo Lee has announced his arrival on the world stage in style this season, and he is aiming to impress further on home soil when he tees it up at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.
“When I woke up today I was so excited. Just the fresh air in Perth. There was something to it. I heard the weather is going to be so good this week and I’m excited.”
The 20 year old Perth native proved that he could go toe to toe with the biggest stars in golf when he finished fourth in the Saudi Arabia International powered by SBIA – an event that featured four of the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking and was won by World Number Three Dustin Johnson.
That result came just one week after the 2016 US Junior Amateur champion made his first professional start in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, and this week presents another first for the local rising star, who tees it up at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club event for the first time as a professional.
“Obviously played well in Saudi. I had a really good lesson in Abu Dhabi, missed the cut and then kind of had to switch my mentality. There were a few names up there in front of me that were really good, and it’s okay if they beat me because they’re top five in the world. But it was nice to beat, I guess, most of the pros there.”
Lee, who finished in tied fifth position in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth as an amateur in 2018, looks set to emulate fellow Australian Lucas Herbert, who kick started his European Tour career with a third place finish in this event last season.
“Home crowd, and I had lots of fun last year, so I’m pumped. I love the format. It was unfortunate I lost in the third round but looking forward to this year.
“I’m not sure what my plan is, just whatever opportunities I get, I’ve got to play well in those. I kind of got half the points already to keep my European Tour card so that is definitely a chance that I can go to the European Tour but who knows, whatever starts I get I will take advantage of it, hopefully.”
He went on to comfortably secure his playing privileges for the 2019 season, finishing in 46th place in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex. He notched up five top five finishes and seven top tens – including a career-best tied second place finish in the Portugal Masters behind England’s Tom Lewis, who also tees it up in Western Australia this week in a field that includes Belgian star Thomas Pieters.
The ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth is another innovative week on the European Tour, with 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days followed by an exciting six-hole knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.