South Korea’s Lee Gets Masters Golf Berth With Asia Amateur Win

Lee Chang-woo of South Korea earned a berth in golf’s 2014 Masters Tournament with a three-shot win at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Lee, who tied for second with Rory McIlroy at last week’s Korean Open, started yesterday’s final round with a one-stroke advantage and shot a 1-under-par 70 at the Garden Course in Longkou City, China. He was the lone golfer in the field to finish below par, with a four-round total of 3 under 281.

Lee, 19, is the second South Korean player to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur after Han Chang-won claimed the inaugural event in 2009 at Mission Hills Golf Club in southern China.

“Playing in the Masters has been my dream since I started playing golf,” said Lee, who won the Dongbu Promi Open on South Korea’s professional tour last month. “I didn’t think I would have an opportunity, so this is a great honor.”

The past three Asia-Pacific Amateur winners have made the cut for weekend play at the Masters, the first of golf’s four major championships. Tianlang Guan of China finished 58th at the Masters this year at the age of 14, becoming the youngest player in a major golf championship in 148 years.

Guan tied for eighth place at this year’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, eight shots behind Lee.

The tournament was created in 2009 by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to help promote golf development throughout Asia. With his victory, Lee also earns a spot in the final round of international qualifying for the 2014 British Open. Next year’s Masters is scheduled for April 10-13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

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