Australia’s Min Woo Lee has beaten some of the best in the world on his way to winning the Scottish Open.
Min Woo Lee birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim his second European Tour title at the Scottish Open.
Lee charged to the top of a star-studded leaderboard – including Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Ian Poulter – with six consecutive birdies on the front nine at The Renaissance Club.
A birdie at the 16th holemoved Lee to a score of 18-under par and into the clubhouse in a tie for the lead with Germany’s Thomas Detry and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick.
The sudden-death playoff hole saw both Fitzpatrick and Detry find the green but a long way from the hole.
Lee’s approach shot was spectacular, nestling 10-feet from the hole.
Lee’s birdie putt to win in regulation finished just short, but he wouldn’t be denied a second time and rolled in the putt to claim the biggest win of his career.
“I hit so many good putts down the stretch, and they were just one roll or half a foot short,” Lee said.
“I was definitely nervous but I knew I had to give that one a go. Fitzy made two-putt and it was just my time to I guess shine. I played left-to-right, maybe half a foot of break, hit some pace and rolled it in.”
The victory means that Lee will tee it up in his first major championship earning himself a spot in next week’s Open Championship at Royal St.George’s.
“I just have to play like I played this week. It was tough. But I think I can do it again,” Lee said. “I feel really nice swinging it and just everything, like I said, everything is leading up.”