Danny Lee runner-up in South Korea after second child born prematurely

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Lee, 29, told the PGA Tour website that he planned to keep the matter private until after the event but responded to a question about whether he and his wife had plans to celebrate should he win the event.

Thomas posted a five-under 67 at Nine Bridges to end the week on 20 under and win the event for the second time in three years, while Lee's final-round 69 saw the New Zealander claim second.

Lee briefly held the outright advantage with a birdie at the seventh but Thomas bounced back with a birdie at the next, before the pair exchanged gains at the ninth to reach the turn tied for the lead.

The Kiwi finished at 18-under after a final round 69, shooting all four rounds of the tournament at Nine Bridges in the 60s. The strong weekend sees Lee jump from 131st to 11th in the Fed Ex Cup standings.

Thomas and Lee made it mostly a two-man show Sunday.

After going from greenside bunker to bunker on the 16th, Green bogeyed again and fell three behind.

Lee narrowly missed a long birdie putt on the par-3 17th but Thomas bogeyed the hole when his par putt horseshoed the cup and came out, leaving the American with a two-shot lead heading to the 72nd hole.

Following the third round he said his second child was born prematurely.

The Kiwi nearly repeated his Saturday effort of making eagle on 18 but his putt lipped out and while he made birdie, so did Thomas.

Lee's wife was scheduled to deliver their child around Christmas.

Lee finished second on 18 under, three shots in front of Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, last year's runner-up Gary Woodland and Cameron Smith of Australia.

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton was tied for sixth with Byeong Hun An, seven shots behind Thomas, while Jordan Spieth was 12 under.

Phil Mickelson finished with a 68 and Jason Day with a 71, both at 7-under.

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