Min Woo Lee is looking for back-to-back wins in Asia.
He set a tournament record of 30-under-par to win the Macau Open in China. Lee won the Asian Tour event in wire-to-wire fashion, finishing with a Sunday 63 to win by two over Poom Saksansin. Lee was 10 clear of Phachara Khongwatmai in third.
This was Lee’s first win in two years. With that said, he’s still been playing well in the interim. Lee hasn’t missed a cut since the PGA Championship in May. In that span, the Aussie owns seven top-20s in 11 starts, including T-5th at the U.S. Open.
He’s played all over the world throughout his career. Teeing it up in Japan this week won’t feel as foreign as it will to a majority of the PGA Tour players making the journey to Narashino Country Club.
This will be the 25-year-old’s debut at the Zozo Championship.
Lee didn’t compile enough rounds on ShotLink to qualify for statistical rankings on the PGA Tour last season. In 34 rounds, he gained 1.018 strokes per round, which would’ve ranked 17th ahead of names like Matt Fitzpatrick, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas, just to name a few.
Lee gained strokes in every category except for on approach. He was strong with the putter, gaining .772 strokes per round.
While short in stature, Lee can hit it out there. His driving distance checked in at 313.5 yards, which would’ve ranked tied for 11th.
His win last week in China won’t go down in history books, but I could see it supplying him with the confidence needed to secure his first PGA Tour victory.