Danny Lee is a professional golfer from Rotorua, New Zealand. Born in South Korea on July 24, 1990, Lee and his parents migrated to New Zealand when he was eight and he became a naturalized citizen of New Zealand in 2008. Lee made history when he won the 2008 US Amateur Championship, becoming the youngest ever winner at 18 years and one month, six months younger than Tiger Woods when the latter won his title in 1994. It was also in 2008 when the lanky golfer became the world number one in World Amateur Golf rankings, holding the position until he turned pro on April 2009.
Two months before that Lee won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia, which was co-sanctioned by the European, Asian, and the Australasian tours. He was the also the youngest winner in the European tour and the second amateur to win after Pablo Martin. These victories moved him up to 159th place in the rankings. One of his most notable early matches was at the 2009 Masters Tournament where he got into very good positions to make the cut. However he took five over and failed to recover and finished 11 over par. Lee turned pro in 2009, effectively forfeiting his entry into the 2009 US Open and the 2009 British Open as an amateur. He made six out of the eleven PGA Tour cuts and finished twice in the top 25. He became the youngest player to play in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational where he finished T51.
Lee made his European tour debut at the Johnnie Walker Championship, finishing at T10. After he failed to qualify at the PGA Qualifying school at the first stage level he confirmed speculations of his intention to concentrate on the European Tour. His game improved in late 2010, after an average start of the year. He went past the first two stages of the PGA Qualifying school in California. His best finish to date is a tie for 2nd at the Volvo China Open.