My Woo Lee continued a successful race for Australian golfers on the European Tour with his victory at the Scottish Open 2021 last week and produced his second victory of the trip.
This is the third year in a row that the tournament is being held at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. The course saw some changes for this year’s event, including an additional 31 yards added to the first hole, reconstructed bunkers on the par-3 sixth hole and an extended fifteenth hole.
Lee went into the final round at 11 under par, three shots behind third-division leaders Thomas Detry and Matthew Fitzpatrick. An astonishing front nine from Lee, which included six straight birds, saw him rocket up the leaderboard to first position at 17 under par.
The piece was suspended for ninety minutes due to the threat of lightning as the leaders approached the end of their rounds. Detry stood over a short par putt, at 18 under par, and was halfway through his putt stroke when the hooter sounded to signal a stop in the game. He was distracted by the sound and therefore missed his putt. He marked his ball and would have to tap in for bogey when the game resumes.
Ian Poulter, who shorted a 63, today’s low round, sat comfortably with the clubhouse’s lead of 17 under par along with Ryan Palmer, who shot a final round 64. Also at 17 under par were Lee and Fitzpatrick.
As the game resumed, Lee hit an impeccable tee that was shot down the middle of the sixteenth fairway and followed it up with a nice iron into the collection area in front right of the green. He continued to hit a delicate chip landing on the front of the green so it could seep down within three yards of the hole and brushed into the putt to make another bird move to 18 under par and sit on top of the leaderboard with two holes to play.
Another brilliant tee shot down the eighteenth hole saw Lee well placed in the fairway. He hit his approach up to seventeen feet and made a big attempt at birdie, his putt came up nauseating up the hole. He shorted a 7 under par 64 and finished at 18 under par.
Poulter, who had tickets to the European Championship 2020 final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night, jumped on his private jet as soon as Lee entered the clubhouse a shot in front of him. Poulter made it in time to watch the penalty shootout between England and Italy.
Detry and Fitzpatrick both holed solid par-putts on the final hole to join Lee in a playoff. After waiting about an hour and a half by the fireplace for both players to finish their rounds, Lee made a great birdie to close the case on the first playoff hole.
Fitzpatrick, like Poulter, made a quick escape to football. Despite arriving with ten minutes of extra time left to play, he was denied entry.
With his victory, Lee became the eleventh Australian to come on the field at this week’s open championship.
His game looks extremely good and he should be a challenger at Royal St George’s. He starts tomorrow at 7:30 BST with Englishman Sam Horsfield and South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout.