Min Woo Lee misses on special temporary Tour status, but opportunities await

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Min Woo Lee started the final round two shots behind Scotty Scheffler at The Players Championship and took the lead after a birdie on the first hole combined with a No. 3 Scheffler ghost.

Then everything was like a fog.

Lee made a mess on the fourth hole, driving through rough terrain, a layup and a bad third shot that spun into the water. It was Lee’s first of two 7s, the second came on a par-5 hole, en route to a final 76 and a disappointing sixth-place tie.

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“It happened very quickly. It’s one of those things when you just make a couple of bad decisions on Sunday and everything kind of falls apart,” Lee said. “It’s funny how yesterday I felt like I had the best swing in the world and today I just felt like nothing could go wrong.”

Lee was able to salvage a sixth-place finish with bird numbers 16 and 17, but his frustrations weren’t limited to winning. Lee, a member of the DP World Tour, needed to finish fourth alone in order to earn special temporary status on the PGA Tour.

“I knew deep down that I needed to finish well. I could easily do 10 throws today and birdie on 16, 17, that was pretty crazy,” he said. “Hopefully I can play well in the next few PGA Tour events I’m in and I can play here.”

Lee’s finish allowed him to compete in next week’s tournament, though he has yet to decide if he will play in the Valspar Championship, and at 45th in the world rankings, he passed the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play qualification two weeks later.


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