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Lee birdies final two holes for victory

2/22/2009

U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee birdied the final two holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Johnnie Walker Classic

The 18-year-old New Zealander, set to turn pro after the Masters, had a 17-under 271 total on The Vines Resort's composite course.

Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita (67), Chile's Felipe Aguilar (68) and England's Ross McGowan (70) tied for second in the event sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours. The second-place finishers all shared in the $298,000 that Lee would have collected if he was not an amateur.

Lee is the first amateur to win on the Australasian PGA Tour since Brett Rumford in the 1999 ANZ Players Championship at Royal Queensland. The last amateur winner of a European tour event was Pablo Martin at the 2007 Portuguese Open.

Born in South Korea, Lee moved to New Zealand when he was 8.

American star Anthony Kim shot a 67 to tie for 25th at 10 under.

The final round came on Australia's national day of mourning for the more than 200 people who died in bushfires around Melbourne on Feb. 7. Play was stopped early in the round for a minute's silence.

Leaderboard – Final:

1.  Danny Lee (a)                  NZL  67 68 69 67 271 -17
2.  Felipe Aguilar                   CHL  68 68 68 68 272 -16
     Hiroyuki Fujita                  JPN  67 68 70 67 272 -16
     Ross McGowan                 ENG  70 67 65 70 272 -16
5.  John Bickerton                 ENG  66 70 66 71 273 -15
     Raphaël Jacquelin            FRA  70 68 66 69 273 -15
7.  Adam Blyth                      AUS  68 68 71 67 274 -14
     Michael Sim                     AUS  69 69 67 69 274 -14
     Lee Westwood                  ENG  66 73 68 67 274 -14
10. Markus Brier                    AUT  70 68 70 67 275 -13
     Paul Casey                      ENG  71 68 70 66 275 -13
     Ignacio Garrido                ESP  67 68 70 70 275 -13
     Tyichiro Kiyota                  JPN  68 70 69 68 275 -13

Source: European Tour

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