Kiwi teenager’s Johnnie Walker shots secure win


Mon, Feb 23, 2009 - Page 19

Teenage New Zealand amateur Danny Lee won the Johnnie Walker Classic in dramatic fashion yesterday, making him one to watch in the coming months when he is expected to turn pro.

The South Korean-born 18-year-old from Rotorua birdied the last two holes at The Vines Resort to snatch a historic win by one stroke from overnight leader Ross McGowan of England, Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar.

Although he couldn’t claim the winner’s check of A$465,000 (US$300,000), Lee will become a hot commodity when he turns professional, a move which is expected to come after he plays at the US Masters in April.

McGowan, who led by two shots with five holes to play only to be pipped by the fast-finishing Lee, shot a final round 70 to share second place with Fujita (67) and Aguilar (68).



Phil Mickelson wasted no time regaining the lead at the PGA Northern Trust Open, making an eagle on the opening hole for the second-straight day before putting the pedal down on the back nine.

Chased by a pack of former winners, defending champ Mickelson shook them off by seizing control on the back stretch with four straight birdies.

The 38-year-old lefthander finished with a nine-under 62 to grab a four-stroke lead after the third round of the US$6.3 million PGA event on Saturday.

Argentina’s Andres Romero is in second after shooting a six-under 65 for 201 on Saturday.



Gene Jones shot a 70 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the ACE Group Classic.

Jone made a 15-foot birdie putt to get to 4-under 140 at TPC Treviso Bay. The 4-under total is the highest score to lead in Naples since the tournament’s second year in 1989. Loren Roberts, the 2006 winner, Don Pooley and James Mason are tied for second.

Pooley looked like he would end his day with the lead, but he bogeyed on No. 17, and double-bogeyed No. 18 after hitting his third shot in the water.