It’s been just over a month since posting an article on here- not out of laziness, but because the past few weeks were spent caddying for Soomin Lee on the European Tour. A very enjoyable, insightful and memorable experience was had, with one of Korea’s hottest young prospects.
Lee enjoyed a purple patch in his career two years ago, coming so agonizingly close to winning the Maybank Championship, but it was only a matter of time before he rectified this, by winning the Shenzhen International a few weeks later. A very impressive wire to wire maiden European Tour victory had grabbed the golfing world’s attention.
Prior to his victory in China, Lee had won the KPGA Tour Gunsan Open twice, so he knew how to get the job done. He also picked up the Korean Tour Rookie of the Year award and was arguably Korea’s most promising young golfer- Jeunghun Wang was also emerging, and shortly after Lee’s Shenzhen triumph, Wang upstaged him by winning back to back titles on the European Tour.
Ever since committing fully to competing in Europe, 24 year old Lee has somewhat struggled to build on his exceptional early career form. It is a big step up from playing in the comfort zone of your home country to competing against the world’s best.
Lee is undoubtedly talented enough to challenge and beat anyone on his day. There were a lot of promising signs over the past few weeks being by his side, and I am 100% convinced that it is only a matter of time before you will see him on top of leaderboards again.
With unquestionably one of the best swings in the game, Lee just needs too add a bit more mental strength and competitive edge to be a regular contender on the weekend. Easy to say this, but not easy to execute, but he started to show some very positive signs in the latter half of the three weeks together.
Working hard with the highly respected golf coach Jamie Gough has seen Lee make steady progress this year – T-31st at the South Africa Open and T-39th at the Maybank Championship will be improved upon in the coming weeks for sure.
One thing is for sure, Lee is a special kid with an exceptional talent. Keep an eye out for him this season; he will be amongst “where the best meet” on an upcoming Sunday afternoon in the near future. Fighting Nimoos Eel 😉😄
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