Min Woo Lee makes otherworldly eagle en route to claiming Australian PGA

The 25-year-old Australian overcame a rough start to claim his home Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane. 

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Sun, 26 Nov 2023
Min Woo Lee makes otherworldly eagle en route to claiming Australian PGA

An emotional Min Woo Lee overcame a rocky period during the final round to claim his home Australian PGA Championship

Lee started the fourth round poorly, making a bogey on his first hole as Japan's Rikuya Hoshino drew level with two birdies. 

But Lee, 25, responded with three birdies of his own and a sublime chip-in eagle from 55 yards at No. 9 on his way to carding a 3-under 68. 

Lee was in superb form all week and his other rounds of 64, 66 and 66 meant he finished on 20-under par. 

It means he takes home the top prize of €204,636.48 at Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane, Australia. 

The Australian said: "I made it interesting early on and through the middle but I ended up hanging on and I'm really proud.

"Rikuya's a really good player and he kept knocking on the door, but it was exactly the same as my last win.

"My playing partner just kept coming, so I knew I needed to keep playing well and do my thing.

"I'm really proud how I made some up-and-downs and some putts."

LIV Golf's Joaquin Niemann finished in solo fifth on 13-under, one stroke ahead of Adam Scott. 

The tournament favourite and defending champion, Cameron Smith, missed the cut and was nearly reduced to tears. 

Smith was also filmed letting his temper get the better of him by smashing an iron into his bag after a loose shot. 

As for Lee, this was his first victory since capturing the Scottish Open in 2021. He is yet to win on the PGA Tour

His best finish in a major so far came when he posted a T-5 at the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club. 

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