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Lee wins Asia-Pacific Am, secures Masters invite

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Chang-woo Lee was able to match Rory McIlroy last week at the Korea Open.

He’ll get another opportunity in April at the Masters.

Lee shot a 1-under 70 Sunday in the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur to win by three shots and secure an invitation into next year’s Masters. Lee and runner-up Shohei Hasegawa also earn spots into International Final Qualifying for the British Open.

Lee finished at 3-under 281 at Nanshan International Golf Club in Longkou City, China. Last week he finished in a tie for second at the Korean Open – along with world No. 6 Rory McIlroy – and last month he won the Dongbu Promi Open, a professional event on the Korean Tour.

U.S. Amateur runner-up Oliver Goss closed with 72 to finish solo seventh, while Brady Watt, a semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur, finished tied for eighth, along with defending champion Guan Tianlang, who shot 73 on the final day.

Lee, 19, who began the final round with a one-shot lead, became the second Korean to win the Asia-Pacific Am. The last three winners of the event have gone on to make the cut at the Masters. 

“Playing in the Masters has been my dream since I started playing golf,” he said in a release. “I didn’t think I would have an opportunity (to ever do so), so this is a reat honor, as is playing International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship. I have never been so excited.”