Aussies on Tour: Scott’s advice for Masters rookie Min Woo Lee – PGA of Australia


Playing in his first Masters due to his ranking in the world top 50 at the end of 2021, Lee will be the first Australian to compete in the first round in Augusta, along with Americans Hudson Swafford and Cameron Young at 10:55 p.m. AEST. .

He will be followed by Australia’s top prospect Cameron Smith at 12:23 a.m. with 2013 champion Adam Scott drawn with new world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Tony Finau.

One of three Aussies to make his debut this week, Lee has soaked up every ounce of Masters magic since joining the property, including a Monday practice round with a fellow Australian who knows what it takes to succeed. .

Scott himself was tied for ninth on his debut in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2011 that he supplanted that as his best Masters result, tied for second behind South African Charl Schwartzel.

So while history suggests that rookies rarely win, Scott didn’t want to stop Lee from fighting.

“I told him that I showed up here, that I didn’t know anything and that I had finished ninth. It’s not that hard. Get out there and play some golf,” Scott said.

“I understand that it is an overwhelming experience to be here. (Monday) is the first type of day of the week in the Masters, and Min’s has played a few times already.

“He has the next three days to get comfortable, and that’s all I can really tell him to do.

“I don’t know his game, so that’s about it. He just has to find a way to get comfortable for Thursday.

“I’d be surprised if he wasn’t the most nervous he’s ever been off the tee on Thursday.”

After Monday’s round of Scott and Lee, three more Australians beat time by playing the final nine together on Tuesday morning.

In the top five of Scott’s 2013 triumph and Hideki Matsuyama’s victory last year, Marc Leishman has long been seen as a well-suited Aussie at Augusta and played with close friend Cam Smith and debutant Cam Davis before let the storms strike.

This year also marks seven years since Leisman missed The Masters to be by his wife Audrey’s bedside as she battled a life-threatening illness, the experience helping to soothe the nerves others may feel each April.

“It put things into perspective, and I think it helps with the nervous factor,” Leishman explained.

“If you play well, it’s great. If you don’t play well, it’s not like you’re going to get shot at the end of the day or anything. It’s just golf, but obviously it’s a golf tournament that I really want to win.

“I think I’ve always had a pretty good outlook, and I think when you go through something like that maybe it makes it better.”

Although all eyes are on the Masters this week, Whitney Hillier is one of eight Australians taking part in the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup in Thailand.

The first of back-to-back tournaments co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup will see 60 Asian Tour players, 60 LET players and 24 guests compete for a share of the prize pool. of $750,000.

Three Australians are also trying to fight their way into the PGA TOUR Canada season at the Q School in California, Queensland, Lawry Flynn 1-over through his first nine holes to be top in a tie for 39th.

Tour 1 AEST Departure Times

The Masters
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
Round 1
10:55 p.m. Min Woo LeeHudson Swafford, Cameron Young
00:23 Cameron SmithBryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey
00:56 Adam ScottScottie Scheffler, Tony Finau
1h40 Cameron DavisBernhard Langer, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
2h24 Lucas HerbertPatrick Reed, Seamus Power
2h57 Marc LeishmanWebb Simpson, Sungjae Im

2nd round
10:22 p.m. Cameron DavisBernhard Langer, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
11:06 p.m. Lucas HerbertPatrick Reed, Seamus Power
11:39 p.m. Marc LeishmanWebb Simpson, Sungjae Im
2:02 Min Woo LeeHudson Swafford, Cameron Young
3h30 Cameron SmithBryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey
4:03 Adam ScottScottie Scheffler, Tony Finau

Defending Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Past Australian winners: Adam Scott (2013)
Best Aussie prediction: Cameron Smith
TV schedule: Live from 5am on Fox Sports 503, 9Gem and 9Now Friday, Saturday, Sunday; Live starting at 4 a.m. on Fox Sports 503, 9Gem and 9Now Monday.

Asian Tour and Women’s European Tour
Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup
Siam Country Club (Waterside Cse), Thailand
9:40 a.m. Josh YoungArpichaya Yubol, Olivia Mehaffey
9:51 Whitney HillierKyongjun Moon, Witchayapat Sinsrang
10:13 a.m. Travis SmithNatipong Srithong, Pasqualle Coffa
10:35 a.m.* Scott HendPavit Tangkamolprasert, Johanna Gustavsson
11:41 a.m. Jake HigginbottomFlorentyna Parker, Phannarai Meesom-Us
2:30 p.m.* Todd SinottWassawan Sangkapong, Kim Metraux
3:36 p.m. Andrew DodtAjeetesh Sandhu, Liz Young
3:58 p.m.* Daniel FoxBen Leong, Parinda Phokan

Defending Champion: Inaugural Event
Past Australian Winners: None
Best Aussie Prediction: Andrew Dodt

Q-School USA West 2
Soboba Springs GC, San Jacinto, CA
Round 1 results
T39 Lawry Flynn (1 to 9)
Booth T64 Grant (75)
104 Jeong in the park (84)


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