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Richard H. Lee

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/4/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 170

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Richard H. Lee cruised to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 during today's open qualifier into the Genesis Open, taking top honors of the day. Joining him at Riviera Country Club will be Zecheng Dou (-7), Parker McLachlin (-6), and Rob Oppenheim (-6) with the latter two surviving a 5-for-2 playoff.
After a 17-month absence from the PGA TOUR, Lee is gaining some momentum recently. He survived a 3-for-2 playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open qualifier. He went on to post rounds of 74-70=144 (+2), missing the cut, but it didn't knock his confidence clearly. Lee has made one appearance at this week's Genesis Open (T45, 2014). Looking at the other qualifiers, Parker McLachlin missed the cut here in 2009 and finished 71st in 2010. Rob Oppenheim is 0-for-1 at Riviera CC, missing the cut here last year in his debut. Lastly, Zecheng Dou will be getting his first look at the classical layout. The trio that missed out on today's playoff included: Michael Block, Conrad Shindler, and Hyun-woo Ryu. Feb 12 - 9:38 PM

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Richard H. Lee returned to McCormick Ranch Golf Club on Tuesday morning to finish the open qualifier, surviving a 3-for-2 playoff to punch his ticket to this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Lee was one (of three golfers) to post a 6-under 66 during the Monday Qualifier. Darkness stranded them, but Lee returned on Tuesday morning to face Cameron Tringale and Edward Olson. Lee and Tringale walked away victoriously. This will be Lee's first PGA TOUR start since the 2016 John Deere Classic. The University of Washington product has six career top 10s on his resume (87 starts) so there is some upside here. The obvious caveat is his form, failing to crack a top 25 across four starts last year on lower-tier events ( Tour and Mackenzie Tour events). He is not a likely candidate to find himself in contention come Sunday afternoon.
Jan 30 - 11:46 AM

World No. 1779 Richard H. Lee twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in today's final round of the Barbasol Championship to reach 15-under 269, up 11 places into a four-way T4, good for his first top 10 since T4 at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open and a top-10 exemption into next week's RBC Canadian Open.

The University of Washington alum is playing this season on a Non-exempt Medical Extension. He missed eight months at the end of 2014 into June following surgery on his left thumb. The 29-year-old had 11 events to earn 458.00 FedExCup points or $742,470, and entered the week with three remaining after missing all eight of his cuts in 2015-16. His last made cut was a T52 at the 2014 John Deere. Lee, making his tourney debut, began the final round on 9-under (T15), seven off the pace but just two shy of the overnight top 10. He circled six birdies on 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.583 putts per GIR, with his 65 matching a career low on TOUR (245th round), which he has shot six other times, most recently at the 2014 Pebble Beach/R1. The Chicago native was bogey-free over his final 39 holes.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Richard H. Lee arrived at the midpoint of The RSM Classic in 5-over-par 75-72=147 and will miss the cut.

He hit only 21 greens in regulation and circled three birdies at Sea Island Resort this week. That was hardly enough to deflect six bogeys and a double. He's now 0-for-2 on the season and hasn't cashed in his last six starts on the PGA TOUR dating back to July of 2014. Today's latest shortfall leaves him with nine starts on a Non-exempt Medical Extension to earn $742,470 or 458 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 02:03:00 PM

Richard H. Lee settled for a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to hit even-par 144 at the midpoint, not low enough to survive the cut.

In what was his first start on the PGA TOUR since his only appearance during the 2015-16 season at the U.S. Open, Lee hit 26 greens in regulation at the Country Club of Jackson but wound up trading three birdies with as many bogeys. He sized up 13 scoring opportunities in the second round and failed to convert on any. So, he now has 10 starts on his Non-exempt Medical Extension to bank $742,470 or 458 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Richard H. Lee is scheduled to compete in next week's Sanderson Farms Championship.

Lee returned to competition at the U.S. Open this past summer. He was out nine month after having surgery on his left thumb for a bone cyst. He then went 6-for-9 on the Tour, including an unsuccessful run in the Finals. So, his only status on the PGA TOUR this season is via a Non-exempt Medical Extension. He was given 11 starts to bank $742,470 or 458 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. Despite his time away, there are worse zero-dollar values for salary leaguers.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 08:03:00 PM

Richard H. Lee posted a 4-over-par 36-38=74 in his opening round of the U.S. Open.

This was Lee's first sanctioned start since the 2014 Tour Championship nine months ago. He had surgery in February for bone cysts in his left thumb. Today at Chambers Bay, he hit 12 greens in regulation and found only one birdie, that at the par-4 second hole. Elsewhere, he back-pedaled with three bogeys and a double.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 03:41:00 PM

Richard H. Lee is slated to go out in the second threesome off the first tee at Chambers Bay at next week's U.S. Open.

His tee time is 7:11 a.m. PT on Thursday. The U.S. Open is going to be Lee's first sanctioned competition in nine months. He underwent surgery in February for bone cysts in his left thumb. Lee played collegiately at the University of Washington, so that he's going to be playing his first major nearby should serve as a source of some pride for the 28-year-old.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 06:22:00 PM

In a response to an inquiry on Twitter on May 13, Richard H. Lee revealed that he will return to competition at the Tour's Albertsons Boise Open on July 9-12.

In addition to pinpointing his site to play for the first time since the 2014 Tour Championship, Lee reminded the user asking about his status why he's been out, writing, "Recovering from hand surgery will start at Boise." More specifically, Lee had surgery for bone cysts on his left thumb in February. In response to another query on May 1, he stated that he may given U.S. Open sectional qualifying a try (on June 8). Lee has conditional status on the PGA TOUR, so he'll likely receive a Non-exempt Medical Extension if he needs one in 2015-16.
Fri, May 29, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Richard H. Lee remains sidelined following surgery for a bone cyst in his left hand.

Lee responded to an inquiry on Twitter on Feb. 22 with the specifics. He added that he's projecting to return to competition in June. He has conditional status on the PGA TOUR this season, but won't be worth an investment until 2015-16. Expect some sort of rehab and only moderate play late on TOUR before the Tour Finals.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 10:30:00 PM

Richard H. Lee has yet to make his 2014-15 season debut on the PGA TOUR.

Every once in a while, we'll miss news on a golfer on the fringe, pardon the pun. Lee, who has conditional status this season, not-so-subtly explained to his followers on Twitter on Nov. 20 why he hasn't played since the Tour Championship. He wrote, "Surgery done! Thankful for a smooth procedure. #roadtorecovery" He didn't specify what happened, what required repair or why, and he hasn't shared any details since. The 27-year-old would have gained entry on merit into this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, not to mention two or three events in the fall, so he's piling up starts that would apply to a Non-exempt Medical Extension in 2015-16 if he eventually needs one.
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Richard H. Lee failed to log a start on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 before the extended holiday break.

Lee holds only conditional status, so any opportunity he picks up from here on out will be a precious one. His last competitive action was the Tour Championship, where he tied for 14th. His value was already marginal, and it is now fading fast.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 08:11:00 PM

Richard H. Lee settled for four points in his opening round of the Barracuda Championship.

He arrived in Reno as a question mark since he withdrew during his second round in Canada last week with a thumb injury. Today's takeaway was disappointing given he landed 14 greens in regulation. Lee circled three birdies, but also swallowed two bogeys. At this point, he has little choice but to attempt to grind out his last two starts. He's 129th in the FedExCup standings but 125th in earnings. A payday at the Barracuda is all but a necessity.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 09:01:00 PM

Richard H. Lee withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open during his second round, citing a thumb injury.

Lee flighted his approached into a greenside bunker at the par-4 16th hole, and then walked in. He was even-par through six holes and 4-over through 24 at the time. It had to be a tough decision to swallow since Lee entered the week slotted 125th in FedExCup points and 122nd in earnings. If he's able, Lee will try again at next week's Barracuda Championship.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Richard H. Lee signed for a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to reach the 54-hole mark at 3-under 211.

Lee was nothing if not efficient, circling four birdies to a lone bogey. He found nine (of 14) fairways for the third consecutive round, also landing 12 GIR and gaining just shy of two strokes with the flat stick. His longest birdie of the day was from 12'3" on the par-4 first, but the highlight came on the par-4 fourth when he halted his approach seven inches from the cup for a kick-in birdie. Entering the week 136th in the FedExCup standings, a big finish on Sunday could put him in a position to retain his PGA TOUR card for 2014-15.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 03:39:00 PM