Lee makes his first cut as a professional

Danny Lee of New Zealand walks to the third green during the third round of the 2009 Quail Hollow Championship.
Danny Lee of New Zealand walks to the third green during the third round of the 2009 Quail Hollow Championship. ( Getty Images )

Friday, May 1, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee earned his first paycheck Friday when he made three tough pars down the stretch for a 3-under 69 that put him closer to the leaders than the cut line in the Quail Hollow Championship.

Lee, an 18-year-old who turned pro after the Masters, was at 4-under 140, just four shots out of the lead.

“I was very nervous playing the last five holes,” Lee said. “This is going to be my first cut as a professional. I was really nervous about it and I did play really well.”

Pressure is nothing new to Lee. He won the Johnnie Walker Classic in February, becoming the youngest champion on the European Tour.