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Oh, Danny Boy!

Imagine Golf Club's Rob Lee discusses the teenage sensation, Danny Lee and the erratic nature of Phil Mickelson

Posted Feb 24, 2009 by Rob Lee

Danny Lee

The European Tour has just produced another first time winner on The Race to Dubai but this time he was a record breaker.  18 year old Danny Lee was lucky in many ways as his school was on half term so he was able to make the trip to the Vines and beat some of the best players in the world without missing any lessons.  In fact the tour had given him special dispensation to play in his school uniform but thankfully he declined to save the blushes of the old guard (Monty, Westwood, Poulter, Casey) and the fairly old (Dougherty, Kim).  It was not just that he won but the manner in which he won. He played the last 6 holes on 4 under par in a style that was very like the player who is making his comeback this week in Tucson, Tiger Woods.  I may just have seen the successor to TW, long raking tee shots, aggressive iron play, fearless pitching and a beautifully orthodox putting style that is built to last.  Then factor in the mentality of the Koreans and you have like Tiger a golfing machine.  Don't get me wrong, he hasn't come from nowhere - World no.1 amateur, where by the way, he was double digits under par around Pinehurst in the final and has played in some pro events feeling his way to his future, which now may have now changed to destiny.  Danny's plan is to turn pro after the masters and then cut his teeth on the world scene.  Consider this, when Danny is 20, Tiger will be mid-thirties and probably still chasing Jack’s major haul of 18.  It could be that Lee stunts Tiger's major success just as he has done to every player for well over a decade.  You heard it here first...
                      There were other good performances; Ross McGowan, positively ancient by comparison, very nearly won for the first time at the ripe old age of 26 and John Bickerton was nearly back to his best after a poor season to date.
                        Stateside, Phil Mickelson managed to win at Riviera Country Club by 1 shot in a week that he shot 63 and 62 in rounds 1 and 3.  It is the erratic nature of Lefty’s game that endears him to the American public.  His quest for consistency continues at the Accenture Matchplay this week where after 254 days off, Tiger Woods makes his return.  The world will be holding it's breath to see if the knee is 100% or if it is going to unbolt when he launches himself at the ball on a par 5.  Project Tiger isn't finished yet so I for one hope that the knee is great and we can enjoy watching the greatest player that's ever lived for many seasons to come.

- Robert

 

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