MIN Woo Lee promised fireworks at Lake Karrinyup’s ISPS Handa World Super 6.
The 19-year-old amateur delivered on that promise Sunday, knocking out the top-ranked player in the field and the No.1 seed on his way to a quarter final finish.
Lee, who qualified as the 16th seed for the match play component of the tournament, was unfazed at receiving the most challenging draw of any player at the tournament.
In round 1, Lee faced world No.38 Satoshi Kodaira of Japan.
Within four holes it was clear the West Australian was on a mission, with four birdies opening his match play round.
Kodaira conceded on the third and again on the fifth ending his tournament with a 3-1 defeat, ensuring another major upset at the European Tour event.
Lee progressed and took on No.1 seed Prom Meesawat of Thailand for a place in the quarter finals.
Both players started as they had finished, with birdies at one and two leaving them all square early in the contest.
However, the winner of the stroke play couldn’t match it with his younger opponent, conceding on holes four and six, as Lee clinched the tie 2up.
Unfortunately the local couldn’t keep his high-quality game rolling, with Sam Horsfield dominating their quarter final to oust Lee on the fourth hole 3-2.
Despite the disappointing end to the tournament, the amateur from Royal Fremantle Golf Club was extremely proud of his efforts.
He defeated plenty of top professional players along the way to finish as the highest placed local and well above crowd-drawers Lee Westwood, Danny Willett and Brett Rumford.
“I am pretty proud of how I played this week, I don’t know what officially I came but I am happy I am here and getting the opportunity to play,” Lee said.
In two rounds of match play, Lee claimed 10 birdies in his first 12 holes to showcase his talent in front of his home crowd.
“I just took every chance, every shot really just turned out how I wanted it to. This morning was really good,” he said.
“I am really confident and that I played in a world class event. There are some world class players out here and I beat some of them.”
Lee’s next assignment is in Qatar but despite a career-best week, any plans to turn pro remain on hold for the time being.
“I think it is good for the world ranking points but no, I don’t think it changes anything,” he said.
“Depends what opportunities I get but I am happy with where I am at.”