Danny Lee becomes the Youngest U.S. Amateur Champion ever!
Danny Lee becomes the youngest U.S. Amateur champion in history of golf as he beat Drew Kittleson in style 5 and 4. He also becomes the very first Korean-born golfer to win the U.S. Amateur. That means Danny Lee is also the very first pure-breed Asian Asian person to win the U.S. Amateur.
UPDATE: Oops, Danny Lee ISN’t the very first Asian person. Actually Tiger Woods is the very first Asian. BTW, Tiger isn’t really black at all, he’s more Thai than anything else.
With Korean ladies taking over the leaderboard in LPGA, Danny Lee is also another one of those players starting the act of taking the PGA Tour along with the young PGA star, Anthony Kim.
Pinehurst, N.C. — Danny Lee became the U.S. Amateur’s youngest champion, supplanting Tiger Woods by holding off Drew Kittleson 5 and 4.
Lee, 18 years and one month old, frittered away most of a six-hole lead before regaining control with consecutive birdies midway through his second trip around Pinehurst’s No. 2 course. He capped his 11th consecutive day of competitive golf by sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th.
Lee is six months and 29 days younger than Woods was when he won the first of his three Amateurs in 1994.
The victory gives Lee exemptions into the U.S. and British opens, a probable invitation to The Masters and a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Amateur as long as he remains an amateur.
If you are new to golf, you’ve probably never heard of David Duval. But for me, he’s the #1 or #2 golfer of all-time in the 90s.
For whatever reason that David Duval has not been winning again, let’s take a look at his swing from Doral in 1997 to see what made him “tick”.
One thing I really like about David Duval is the way he finishes his swing with his back straight. This is really good for painless-back golf.
On the takeaway, David Duval looks pretty good.
At top of his swing, David is in perfect plane.
Between his backswing and downswing, you can clearly tell that David is really transferring his weight back to the left.
Also notice that his head is actually turning towards the target at impact. David Duval is the only other professional golfer I know who lets his head move freely during impact other than Annika Sorenstam.
I believe this head move can actually help the golfer hit the ball better if done right. But if you simply move your head at impact, it will probably make you chop the ball more times than not. To do it right, try following the golf ball as it takes off.
Watch David Duval’s wonderful wind-up finish. He’s almost wind-up too much but you get the idea here.
Hopefully David Duval does recover from his long-term winning draught. I have seen signs of him playing better lately at the British Open where he finishes Top 10 for the first 2 days. Time will tell whether David Duval is able to come back to competitive golf or not but he’s still a British Open champ.
For most of 90s, my two favorite golfers were Nick Faldo and Greg Norman. They always seemed to win tournaments more than others during that time and also shared number one and two of the world back and forth.
Although Nick Faldo may be a sportscaster right now, he may be the best pro golfer to be a sportscaster.
You look at some of the other guys but no one else has an extensive resume like the Masters winner Nick Faldo.
I’ve even bought every book he wrote and although they were all too technical and confusing for most hackers, Nick is really good at details of the golf swing.
Let’s take a look at his downhill iron swing here.
For the downhill iron shot, Nick Faldo sets up with his weight favoring his right and his ball about center of his stance to make up for the hill.
At takeaway, Nick sets his wrists slightly early but looks very good.
At top of Nick’s swing, he has a perfect 90 degree angle between the arm and the club while not swinging more than 3/4 of his full backswing.
On half-way down, notice the 90 degree of lag Nick has. A lot of tour pros go beyond the 90 degrees which is not necessary and Nick proves the point here. Too much lag can actually produce a smaller swing arc.
At impact, Nick looks really good.
After impact, Nick chases down the slope with his arms, fully releasing his club.
At finish, Nick looks very good, standing super tall.
Nick Faldo has one of the best swings in golf with one of the best rhythms to go with it.
If he kept playing competitively, he would have won couple more majors but I am surprised he decided to retire from competitive golf.
Here’s Nick Faldo’s downhill iron swing in slow-motion explained by the man himself:
China will be hosting its very first LPGA tournament this October. Although LPGA is held in many other countries, it’s nice to see it held in China, not that I’d want to go there. (just my personal preferences)
World number two Annika Sorenstam will top the bill when China stages its first LGPA tournament, the $1.8 million Grand China Air in October.
Golf has boomed in the world’s most populous nation in recent years and six men’s European Tour co-sanctioned events took place in greater China last year.
The new event will take place from Oct. 24-26 at the Hainan West Coast Golf Club in Haikou, the capital of the island dubbed “China’s Hawaii”.
Sorenstam, who is bowing out of competitive golf at the end of this season, said the new tournament would be a major milestone for the LPGA.
As a former pro golfer playing in various mini-tour tournaments and other stints as a Pro golfer, I’d like to share what I have learned from other Pro golfers and famous teachers such as Tiger’s old coach, Butch Harmon who was my last golf coach.
Why am I not on the PGA Tour yet?
Well, I broke my finger and I ran out of funding and money to keep going as a pro and dove into the corporate world, wasting my youth and energy to make a living. My finger injury lasted almost 2+ years before I could play normal golf again.
Now, I am on my own at least, making money with blogs. My next goal is to make enough money so I can support my pro-tour challenge. I am currently getting ready to play some mini-tour events and Nationwide Tour Monday Qualifyings for 2012. I know it’s going to take me couple years to get to the PGA, but I thought I’d make a blog and tell you about my journeys there.
I will be doing swing analysis of pro golfers and also critiquing my own golf swing. By simply reading my golf analysis, you will learn everything I have learned from various pro golfers and teachers.
Why don’t you become a teaching professional?
Well, I don’t want to end up as a golf teacher. My goal has been always to “play” competitive golf and nothing else. Heck, I do teach golf right here, on my blog. That’s the least I can do to give back the 19 years of golf experience that I have.
My tips are genuine, from an actual mini-tour golfer, and Top 10 ’97 High School Californian golfer (or at least I was 10th in all California in high school), me, Max Lee. Your golf swing will improve more because my tips are personal and they work!
Here’s the updated version where I hit the ball again while its in mid-air:
What’s your handicap?
Well, I haven’t had that much time to play lately since I have to make a living in front of my PC but I will shoot anywhere near par whenever I go out. (+1-3 handicap…) My lowest score is a 64 so far, which isn’t great by pro tour standards but yes, I will take most people’s money when we bet for skins. My goal is to shoot 4-6 under consistently on any course I play, which is something most pro tours can do.
“Max, I had been studying Hogan’s swing on my own for the last few years. But not until I came across your website did I put all the pieces together. Thank you so much for giving back. I am hitting the ball straight with plenty of power and enjoying ever minute of golf. J.G.”
Thanks, J.G., that means everything to me, I will keep working harder and try to give you guys the best golf tips in the world.
I have a question?
Do you have a question on how to hit a certain golf shot or perhaps your golf swing?
Shoot me an e-mail at pro [at] progolferdigest.com and I will answer your question on my blog.
Also, if you want free swing analysis, upload your swing on YouTube and send me the link! (I will do a complete analysis on my blog too.)
I also write a tech blog over at Zedomax.com, so check that out too!