Danny Lee's Keys to Victory at the Greenbrier Classic
The South Korean-born New Zealander notched his first PGA Tour win after a four-man playoff. Here's a look at the numbers that made the difference.
Lee was clutch with the flat stick when it mattered most, sinking nearly 40-feet of putts on the last five greens he played. On 16, he made par from 9' 4". He then drained a 7' 6" roll for birdie at 17 to tie for the lead followed by a 2' 6" par on 18 to secure a playoff berth. On the first extra hole, he drained a clutch 18-footer for birdie to advance alongside David Hearn, then finished it off with a 2' par on the 74th hole to seal his first Tour win.
Lee is the 16th former U.S. Amateur champion to win on the PGA Tour since 1973, the year the Amateur adopted a match play format. Of those 16, Lee is just the fifth to have also claimed a victory on the European Tour. But throw in his 2011 Web.com win at the WNB Golf Classic, and Lee stands alone as the only Amateur champ to notch wins on the PGA, European and Web.com circuits.
0 for 6
In its six-year history, starting Sunday with the lead has been the kiss of death at the Greenbrier. Lee's victory keeps that streak alive as 54-hole co-leaders Sean O'Hair, Jason Bohn, Sun Joon Park and Bryce Molder all failed to break par in their final round on the Old White Course.
4 of 6
Lee is the fourth non-American to win the Greenbrier Classic in its six year history, and the seventh Korean-born player to win on Tour, joining Kevin Na, Sangmoon Bae, Seung-Yul Noh, James Hahn, K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang.
5 under 25
At 24, Lee is the ninth player to notch his first PGA Tour win so far this season, and the fifth player aged 25 and under to hoist a trophy in 2015, joining Patrick Reed (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Brooks Koepka (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Rory McIlroy (World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play) and Jordan Spieth, (Valspar Championship, Masters, U.S. Open.)