Min Woo Lee plays at home during the 2019 ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth. Image: Getty Images
Min Woo Lee has shifted his focus to the European Tour – at least for the time being.
The most exciting young male golfer from Australia flew to Muscat in Oman in the Middle East to play the Oman Open in the European Tour this week, a place in the field that comes his way as a result of his top 5 finish in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth recently.
Previously, Lee, 20 and in his first few months as a professional, went looking for playing rights in the United States, a search he did not give up.
But now with two strong results in European events in 2019, he has a second option that is profitable to say the least.
The former American junior champion and member of Royal Fremantle earned 184,000 euros with his fourth in the Saudi International event earlier this month and his shared fifth place in Perth. Both are European Tour events, and the reality is that he might find the way to the tour in the same way as Lucas Herbert did in 2018, purely with profit as a non-member.
Lee should probably earn only 150,000 euros to reach that goal. Or better yet, a victory in Oman …
It was a fast advance for the Western Australian, who only became professional in January after a fine amateur career in which he equaled some of the performances of his older sister LPGA Tour professional and world top 10 player Minjee.
He has made one of the most stratospheric rises on the official world rankings, ranging from number 954 at the end of 2018 to now 302.