Golf: Home hero Lee emulates sister to break European Tour duck at Vic Open

Min Woo Lee celebrating with his trophy after winning the Vic Open on Feb 9, 2020.
Min Woo Lee celebrating with his trophy after winning the Vic Open on Feb 9, 2020.PHOTO: THE EUROPEAN TOUR/TWITTER

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - The anticipated family double did not materialise but Min Woo Lee emulated sister Minjee at the Vic Open on Sunday (Feb 9) to claim his maiden European Tour title with a two-shot victory over Ryan Fox.

Lee went into the final round with a three-shot lead and the 21-year-old showed no signs of nerve as he carded a four-under 68 to finish with a winning total of 19-under 269.

"I started off really hot off the gate and it was pretty comfortable those last few holes," said the Australian, who began with a birdie on the first, said afterwards.

He bogeyed the 17th to take a single shot lead down the last and birdied the par-five as sister and two-time champion of the women's event, Minjee, looked on.

"It was nice of her to come on... my sister and I winning the same tournament, it's pretty special. I've got bragging rights now, so it's even better," he said.

New Zealander Fox carded a closing 64 in the high winds to put pressure on Lee down the stretch but could not deny the Australian his breakthrough victory.

Marcus Fraser and fellow Australian Travis Smyth both shot 70 to join Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist at 14 under, two shots clear of another Australian in Jake McLeod (67).

Minjee, who won the women's title in 2014 and 2018, shot a 73 on Sunday for a joint sixth finish.

She finished two shots behind the South Korean trio of Choi Hye-jin (69), Ryu So-yeon (72) and Park Hee-young (73), who were locked at eight-under 281.

Park, who nearly stopped playing golf last year to focus on family life, won the title via a four-hole play-off.

"I thought this is enough, my golf career, but I tried the Q-School, made the Q-School, and finished second. That kind of gave me some confidence," she said.