Lee finishes on high note, explains middle finger again

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BETHESDA, Md. – D.H. Lee posted a tournament-best 7-under 64 in the final round of the AT&T National to claim a career-best T-3 finish – and he had a little extra motivation on Sunday.

One day earlier, Lee was caught by television cameras gesturing with his middle finger after hitting his approach shot on the 12th hole. Though he explained afterward that it was meant only toward himself in frustration and not in the direction of any spectators, his finish on Sunday gave him an additional forum to get that point across.

“What motivated me today was that if I finished the tournament the way I did yesterday and not play well, then I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to get an interview,” he said after the round. “But because I was able to play well, I got that chance to do an interview and explain myself.”

Lee maintained that he didn’t hear about the gesture from spectators on Sunday, but he knows he may hear from the PGA Tour soon.

“I’ll probably hear about it, but even if they fine me I’m going to accept it,” he added. “The fact is, I did it and I made a mistake. So if they fine me, I’m just going to accept it.”