Min Woo Lee ‘ready to cook’ full time on the PGA Tour

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Min Woo Lee is “ready to cook” on the PGA Tour this year as he begins his first full season at the American Express after a breakthrough year.

The Australian has grown in popularity over the last twelve months with his social media presence and charisma on the golf course.

Lee has top-21 finishes in all four major championships over the last two years including fifth at last year’s US Open. He burst onto the scene with a T6 finish at the Players earlier last year where he was in the final group with world number one, Scottie Scheffler.

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The 25-year-old made seven further PGA Tour starts and enjoyed a trophy-laden winter picking up the Macao Open and Australian PGA Championship.

Now with a full-time PGA Tour card for the first time, Lee reflected on the last nine months with his final day experience at the Players standing out.

“I always talk about the Players and that final round. I think that’s when I really got exposed to the American audience. It was amazing and I’ll always look back at it.

“I wish I could have played a little bit better, but also made the most of it. Looking back at photos, that was a really special time. My social media’s blown up and I probably got 250,000 people on Instagram since that time.”

Like Shane Lowry, the world number 37 is looking to hit the ground running early doors on the PGA Tour and play his way into the signature events.

The Aussie can’t play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – the first signature event of the year – but he has his eyes set on the Genesis Invitational in February.

“Hopefully, I play good enough that my ranking might be 31 and I can get into Riviera and crush it there,” he said.

“To start the year with these two upcoming events [American Express and Farmers Insurance], Waste Management, and hopefully Riv, if I play well, would be a good start to the year. [I’m] Ready to cook.”

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