Lee wins playoff in Midland|
Midland, TX (Sports Network) - Danny Lee closed with a six-under 66 Sunday,
then parred the first playoff hole to beat Harris English and win the WNB Golf
English, who won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational as an amateur
earlier this summer, posted a three-under 69 to end alongside Lee at 18-under-
The duo returned to the 18th hole at Midland Country Club for the playoff. Lee
got up and down from a greenside bunker for par and the win.
"It feels great to win again. I haven't won a tournament since I won the 2009
Johnnie Walker Classic and it's a great feeling," said Lee of his title on the
European Tour. "It's not easy to win and I worked really hard with my uncle
and my coach for this. I'm really happy it worked."
English tripped to a bogey in the playoff to take second.
"I didn't hit my tee shot where I wanted to in the playoff," English said. "I
tried to get a good angle at the flag, but kind of got a bad break, but that's
what happens. I gave myself a chance for par and that's all I could get."
Garth Mulroy fired an eight-under 64 to end alone in third at minus-16. Bob
Heintz (66), Craig Bowden (71) and Gavin Coles (73) shared fourth place at 15-
Third-round leader B.J. Staten stumbled to a five-over 77 to slide into a tie
for 10th at 13-under-par 275.
Lee, the 2008 U.S. Amateur champion, started his bogey-free round with an
eagle on the fourth. A birdie on No. 6 helped him make the turn at 15-under.
The 21-year-old Korean birdied the 16th, then broke through a logjam atop the
leaderboard with birdies on 15 and 16 to get to minus-18. He parred the last
three holes to get in first.
English dropped a shot on the first, but came back with birdies on the fourth
and sixth to get to minus-16. After tripping to another bogey on the 11th,
English made eagle on the par-five 12th. He birdied 15 and 16 to join Lee at
minus-18. English parred the last two holes to force the playoff.
"I started off a little slow today with a bogey at one. The eagle at No. 12
really got me going and got me back in it. I kind of cruised in from there,"
English said. "Overall, it was a good day. I was just glad I was in it."
NOTES: Lee earned $94,500 for the victory...Lee is headed to his native South
Korea on Monday to compete in next week's Korean Open...This was the second
straight playoff on the Nationwide Tour...The tour heads to Tennessee next
week for the Chattanooga Classic, where Scott Gardiner won last year.
10/02 20:50:02 ET