Date: December 09, 2008
Author: Steve Orme

Lee looking to improve

He is considered one of the hottest prospects in the game but current US Amateur champion Danny Lee has set modest goals heading in to this week&aposs Australian Open on the unforgiving Royal Sydney layout. The eighteen-year old, who became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious US Amateur title ahead of world No.1 Tiger Woods with his victory at Pinehurst in August, will play alongside veteran Peter Senior and South African Tim Clark in one of the feature groups in the opening round. But the South Korean born Kiwi was not making any bold predictions when he fronted the media on Tuesday. “A couple of years ago I played in exactly the same tournament at the same golf course and unfortunately I shot (rounds of) 86 and 84,” Lee recalled. “This week&aposs goal is to try and break 80 this time and try and play better than a few years ago.” But a lot has changed since the then 16-year-old struggled on the famous layout in trying conditions. “Obviously I&aposve been growing up and I&aposm hitting it a bit longer than before and I&aposm striking the ball much better than a couple of years ago,” he said. “All I&aposve got to do now is get used to the fast greens I think.” Lee insists he would be happy simply to make the cut this week but admits he does feel the weight of expectation as one of the game&aposs hottest prospects. “Yes I do feel pressure but everyone gets pressure and I&aposm just trying to be more relaxed and practice harder than I used to and keep working on my game,” he said. Lee, who says his iron play is currently the feature of his game, showed a glimpse of his prodigious talents at last month&aposs Australian Masters finishing in a share of 11th. Beyond the Australian Open the boom youngster, who is assured of a berth in next year&aposs US Masters, US Open and British Open provided he maintains his amateur status, remains undecided over his immediate plans to enter the professional ranks. “I&aposve been asking a lot of advice from other player but now I&aposve got too much advice and I don&apost know what I have to do,” Lee said. “I&aposve been talking to a lot of university players as well and college golf sounds really fun, they&aposre having a party every week and I love parties and meeting people.” “But I don&apost know, it can interrupt my golf and make my golf go down.” “I&aposve got too many (choices) now and it&aposs so hard to decide.”