Arrives in Kent fresh from his win at the abrdn Scottish Open on Sunday. He went into the event ranked 240th in the world and searching for one of the three Open places on offer.
Lee achieved that in real style, producing a closing 64 which contained six successive birdies on the front nine and then beating Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry with another birdie at the first extra hole.
The younger brother of Minjee Lee, a star on the LPGA golf scene who came third in last year’s AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon.
While she has played in 36 major championships this is his first, but he was already a winner on the European Tour prior to his Scottish Open success, having captured the 2020 ISPS Handa Vic Open in his home country, beating New Zealander Ryan Fox by two.
As an amateur Lee won the 2016 US Junior title, following in the footsteps of four Open champions - Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, David Duval and Johnny Miller.
It also came four years after Minjee became the US Junior Girls champion and was the first time such a double had been achieved. “I’m down in history – it feels really good,” he said.