Lee 16 Ready for Jump to Big Leagues

By Associated PressJune 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 U.S. OpenOAKMONT, Pa. -- A few years ago, Richard Lee idolized Tiger Woods.
 
These days, he doesn't look up to anybody.
 
'I'm out to beat him,' he said Wednesday.
 
Richard Lee
Richard Lee is the youngest player in the field at this year's U.S. Open. (Getty Images)
Spoken like a true 16-year-old. Only Lee's got the game to back up his brashness.
 
A year after finishing second at the U.S. Junior Amateur, he'll tee it up with Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the men at the U.S. Open this week. Lee, who tied for second in his qualifying group, is the youngest player in this year's field.
 
'I'm not nervous at all,' he said. 'It's exciting. I earned it to come here, and I practiced really hard.'
 
He doesn't plan on this being a one-time appearance, either.
 
Though he still has two years of high school left, Lee will turn professional after the Open. He already has a relationship with Nike that he hopes will turn into a sponsorship deal, and he's ready to trade the cushy life of a teenager for the grind of tour golf.
 
'It's always been my dream,' he said, 'my goal.'
 
But going pro when he's had his driver's license for less than a year carries risks. Remember Ty Tryon? He qualified for the Honda Classic at 16 and made the cut. He briefly held the lead at the B.C. Open later that year, and earned his PGA TOUR card at Q-school.
 
No one's heard much from him since.
 
Lee's baby face gives him away, but he seems older than his 16 years, talking easily and confidently with adults twice his age. His father, Jeff, is his coach, and his parents plan to travel with him. Still, he'll be jumping headfirst into adulthood while most kids his age are still enjoying life without major responsibilities.
 
Under PGA TOUR rules, Lee is limited to playing 12 events -- with a maximum of seven sponsor exemptions -- until he's a full-time member. And the earliest he can become a member is when he's 18, which isn't until Oct. 29, 2008. That means for the next 16 months, Lee will have to rely on sponsor exemptions or Monday qualifying for PGA TOUR events. He can also play on the Nationwide Tour.
 
So while his friends back in Arizona are hanging out, going to the movies, parties and dances, Lee will be crisscrossing the country, waking up in Bridgeport, W.Va., one day, Sandy, Utah, the next.
 
'(Lee) is ready,' Jeff Lee said. 'He's absolutely very strong-minded, and he's listened very well. I'm sure he's going to do well.'
 
Besides, Lee is more concerned with what he would miss if he didn't turn pro.
 
'More experience in PGA golf,' he said. 'I come out here, play PGA tournaments, the greens are much faster, the rough is thicker, it's much tougher than junior golf. It's a good experience to be out here.
 
'This is the age I start rising up here and playing my golf.'
 
Though Lee still plays basketball occasionally and played soccer growing up, golf has always been his sport. He can't remember a time he wasn't playing.
 
Jeff Lee moved from Korea to Canada in 1972, taking up golf there at the urging of his brother. A few swings of the club, and the elder Lee was hooked. He spent a few years on the Korean tour, where his roommate was K.J. Choi.
 
'I wasn't that good,' Jeff Lee said. 'From my golf skills, I taught (Richard). He's better, for sure.'
 
Richard was only a year old when he started gripping his father's clubs. Shortly after that, he was taking swings with a plastic club. When he was just 3, Jeff Lee knew it was time for his son to have his own clubs.
 
'I took him to the driving range, and he was hitting the ball well,' Jeff Lee said. 'I knew he was going to be a good player, so I knew I had to teach him.'
 
By the time he was 14, Lee had shot a 62 in competition and won a junior world title. He played the U.S. Amateur as a 14-year-old and only missed the cut by three shots. In 2005, the Lees moved to Arizona, where Richard has won the last two state high school titles.
 
'He hits the ball good and now he's putting good,' Jeff Lee said. 'All the game is solid.'
 
But Lee said he needs more work on his putting and short game -- especially at Oakmont Country Club, where the greens are particularly tricky. After playing the back nine Wednesday morning, Lee spent 90 minutes on the practice green.
 
Later, he played a few holes with Choi and then hit the front nine.
 
His goals for the week?
 
'Make the cut,' Lee said. 'If I make the cut, I'll go from there.'
 
Make no mistake, though, that his long-term ambitions are far grander. Asked how good he hopes to become, Lee didn't hesitate.
 
'Bigger than Tiger, that's for sure,' he said, smiling.
 
If that sounds cocky, so be it.
 
'You have to have a good attitude playing out here,' he said. 'If you don't have the attitude that you're going to play well, you're not going to.'
 
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    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

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    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson