15th Jun 2016 | US Open
US Open Tips: Danny Lee
Not long by modern standards but accurate and a terrific iron player. Oakmont should suit and finished T17 at the Masters.
At the age of 18 years and one month, Danny Lee became the youngest ever winner of the US Amateur. Fast-forwards six years and the New Zealander is finally living up to that early promise.
Lee’s big professional breakthrough came at last year’s Greenbrier Classic and he’s now safely ensconced inside the world’s top-50.
The 25-year-old went close to adding another when fourth at the Phoenix Open but generally his results have been solid rather than spectacular. In his last five starts Lee’s finished T9-T35-T18-T22-T52.
Unusual for a young golfer, Lee isn’t a bomber and he’s actually quite short by modern standards, ranked just 133rd for driving distance. Instead, he excels with his accuracy. Ranked in the top-30 strokes gained tee-to-green, he makes his score in an old-fashioned way and that could be perfect for Oakmont.
Earlier in the season he finished an encouraging T17 at the Masters, his best placement in a major and the firm conditions at Augusta will be replicated at Oakmont.
Lee is another who has a high ball-flight (21st in apex height) and that should give him more control when firing into firm greens. At 125/1 (Paddy Power) he is a cracking each-way bet with 1/5 odds for a top-7 finish.