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Teenager Lee makes Tour history

FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD (GB and NI unless stated):
-17 D Lee (NZ) * amateur
-16 F Aguilar (Chi), H Fujita (Jap), R McGowan
-15 J Bickerton, R Jacquelin (Fra)
Selected others: -14 L Westwood -13 P Casey -12 N Dougherty, G Storm -10 C Montgomerie

Danny Lee
Lee has earned a minimum two-year exemption to the European Tour

New Zealand teenage amateur Danny Lee became the youngest champion in European Tour history by winning the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.

Lee shot four birdies in the last six holes to post a 67 and win by a stroke from Brit Ross McGowan, Chilean Felipe Aguilar and Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita.

At 18 years and 213 days Lee is 77 days younger than South African Dale Hayes when he won the Spanish Open in 1971.

"It feels like I'm dreaming," said the South Korean-born Lee.

"All I wanted to do was make the cut and play well and get in the top 20 but I played extremely well today and won it."

Lee, who burst on to the world stage last year by eclipsing Tiger Woods as the youngest US amateur champion, plans to turn professional after the Masters in April and is already targeting world number one Woods's records.

"I can't compare to Tiger because he's the greatest player in the world," said Lee, who as an amateur was unable to accept the winner's cheque.

"All I want to do is just break what he's done... (and be) the next Tiger Woods.

"Obviously I can't win three US Amateurs in a row but I'll try to break his records on the PGA Tour."

Lee became the seventh teenager to win on the Tour and his triumph came only three weeks after Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, at 19 years and 273 days, won the Dubai Desert Classic.

He showed incredible composure to edge out rivals McGowan, Aguilar and Fujita.

McGowan, 26, led by two shots with five holes to play after making an eagle at the ninth but two late bogeys cost him the chance of winning a first professional title.


"It was frustrating really," said McGowan. "I stuck to my game plan, hit the ball solid and played nicely, I just didn't quite get the breaks."

Fujita, a five-times winner on the Japanese tour, briefly took the lead when he birdied the the last two holes but saw his lead wiped out when Lee matched his efforts.

"I played a near perfect round but all credit to Danny Lee as he is a very good player," he said.

John Bickerton shared the lead with McGowan after the third round but a closing one-under 71 saw him drop to fifth.

Lee Westwood carded an impressive 67, including an eagle on the last, to finish tied for seventh, but it could have been much better had he not fired a double-bogey seven on the 10th.

Paul Casey shot a six-under 66 in his final round, including eight birdies to propel him to joint 10th.

Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie were tied for 23rd and 31st respectively.

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