Watch: Tour Pro Suffers Anticlimactic Moment That Denies Him a Place in the Tour Championship

Published 08/30/2021, 11:47 AM EDT
Aug 13, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; K.H. Lee reacts to a missed putt on the first hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 BMW Championship had a captivating finish on Sunday. Patrick Cantlay won the event in an epic playoff battle against Bryson DeChambeau. Both these players shared the lead after 72 holes, and hence they had to undergo an enthralling six-hole playoff. Meanwhile, all the other players were looking to get in the top 30 of the FedExCup rankings and qualify for the Tour Championship.

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However, the South Korean golfer K.H. Lee had a rollercoaster round as his FedExCup ranking kept changing after every hole. He was right on the edge of the bubble and had almost made the top 30 before messing it up on the final hole. 

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How one bad shot cost K.H. Lee a place in the Tour Championship

May 15, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; K.H. Lee putts on the first green during the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

K.H. Lee started his week at 37th place and needed a strong finish to make it into the top 30. However, he was not in contention to get in the top 30 for most of his round. But suddenly, he scored four birdies in five holes and found himself at the 29th spot in the FedExCup rankings with just one final hole remaining – the 18th.

Moreover, this meant that a par-save on the 18th would have sealed his place for the Tour Championship. But destiny had some other plans in place for K.H. Lee. He started well with a decent tee shot into the fairway and needed a good approach to book the spot for East Lake. But sadly, Lee sailed his approach shot right near the waterway. 

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However, Lee was still slightly lucky as he got a decent break as his ball stayed dry. Moreover, he was allowed to take a free drop thanks to the temporary stands near his lie. But his third stroke couldn’t clear the penalty area, and his fourth shot scooted past the hole. The damage was already done as Lee had to putt the ball in for a bogey which he did and got himself out of the top 30.

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Meanwhile, he finished 31st in the FedExCup rankings and missed out on some crucial bonuses, as making the top 30 in FedExCup rankings would have given him an entry into the following tournaments. WGC-HSBC Champions, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, Genesis Scottish Open, and The Open Championship. Plus, the lowest prize money payout at the Tour Championship is $395,000.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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