Date: August 26, 2008

Lee equals Tiger and Nicklaus amateur record

New Zealander Danny Lee did what few others have done in recent years- took a record from Tiger Woods and equalled another- becoming the youngest US Amateur champion in the process. He can now add the McCormack Medal to his swag as the leading amateur on the World Amateur Golf Rankings after the European and US Amateurs. In securing victory in the Western Amateur and US Amateur in the same season, Lee joined a select group including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Lanny Wadkins who have done the same. Like Tiger at the Masters and Padraig Harrington at The Open, Lee played the US Amateur with an injury and triumphed over Arizona s Drew Kittleson 5&4 on Pinehurst s famous No.2 course. He suffered a bruised shoulder while hitting practice shots during the tournament. To seal an excellent win, Lee arrowed a 30-foot putt for birdie on the 32nd hole. In winning, Lee became the first Korean and Asian player to win the prestigious event and the youngest player in history- knocking off world number one Tiger Woods who was six months older than Lee when he won it in 1994. Lee said he was keen to have a rest after playing 10 rounds in 6 days earlier this month which ended in a win at the Western Amateur and medal at US Amateur qualifying. He will also need the rest before his competes for New Zealand in the Eisenhower Trophy during the World Amateur Teams Championships in Adelaide in October. Speaking at a press conference after the match, Korean-born Lee said he was overwhelmed by the victory. Right now I m so excited I don t know what to say, Lee said.