July 20: Korea’s Soomin Lee emerged victorious on home soil when he won the KPGA Open with SOLLAGO CC on Sunday.
Lee, along with compatriots Hanbyeol Kim and Minkyu Kim, headed into a three-way play-off at the end of regulation play after the trio had secured 50 points in the modified stableford tournament.
Hanbyeol bowed out after making a par in the first play-off hole while Minkyu and Lee extended the contest to the second play-off hole where Lee prevailed with a birdie.
“It was a very challenging day as the winds were very strong. But I’m glad I managed to get the job done and this win is dedicated to my wife-to-be,” said Lee, who revealed he will be getting married later this year.
Lee turned professional in 2014 and came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2015, capping two top-three results to finish in 29th place on the Order of Merit in his rookie season.
Although he secured his first European win in China in 2016, Lee has yet to win on the Asian Tour, coming close at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open and Maybank Championship in 2015 and 2016 respectively where he finished runner-up