Makes his Open debut 14 years after becoming the second youngest player in U.S. Open history back in 2007.
The Canadian was runner-up in the previous season’s U.S. Junior Amateur, but after qualifying for the major at Oakmont he injured his wrist in the second round and withdrew.
Lee turned professional immediately afterwards and will be at Royal St George’s thanks to a fifth-place finish in the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open. Four spots were on offer as part of The Open Qualifying Series, but top three Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Jazz Janewattananond already had exemptions. Lee went into the event ranked 392nd in the world.
“I got myself a ticket to The Open!” he said excitedly after birdies at the 15th and 18th secured his place. “I love playing links courses, so I will try my best.”
His father played professionally in South Korea and in 2013 he was runner-up at the qualifying schools for the Asia and OneAsia tours. The following season he lifted the Asian circuit’s Solaire Open and in 2017 added their Shinhan Donghae Open co-sanctioned with the Korean Tour. In 2019 he added the DB Insurance Promy Open, also in South Korea.