Wednesday, February 25, 2009

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Days after becoming the youngest winner of a European Tour or Australasian Tour event, 18-year-old amateur Danny Lee has decided to change his swing.

The Korean-born New Zealand golfer closed with consecutive birdies to win the Johnnie Walker Classic by a stroke on Sunday, forgoing the prize money but moving from No. 562 to No. 159 in the world rankings and earning a three-year exemption on the European, Asian and Australasian Tours.

It was a conversation with Butch Harmon-trained Won Joon Lee during the Johnnie Walker that encouraged Lee to alter his swing.

``I didn't really like the follow-through of my swing so I asked him a couple of questions and he taught me some good tips, so I'm working on that at the moment,'' Lee said. ``He is coached by Butch Harmon and I really like his swing - like Adam Scott. I really like their style of swing so I asked him a few questions.''

Lee plans to turn pro after the Masters - he gets to play at Augusta as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion.

For now, he's back at practice preparing for the Moonah Classic, which is jointly sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour and the Australasian PGA and starts Thursday at the 7,421-yard Moonah Links course.

He wasn't expecting any spectacular finishes on the weekend because he doesn't like links courses.

``It's pretty hard out there, I'm a bit disappointed about that,'' Lee told the Associated Press on Tuesday. ``It's going to be a hard week for me.''

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