124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

Amphibious Adventures

Asia-Pacific Amateur player goes for a swim on his way to quadruple bogey

November 03, 2021

DUBAI, U.A.E. — Jun Min “Jimmy” Lee opened his account at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship with a two-over-par 73. Not great, but not too shabby either, although the South Korean will have to improve on Day 2 if he wants to be around for the final 36 holes. The top 50 and ties at the end of the second round will achieve that feat. And right now Lee is in a tie for 53rd place.

OK, that’s the boring part of Lee’s day out on the Dubai Creek course. Far more interesting is how the 20-year-old accumulated the quadruple-bogey 8 that scarred his scorecard early in his round, on the 407-yard second hole. Here’s how he described what he called “a little event” on No. 2:

“It was a poor tee shot and poor lay-up,” he said. “I was stuck on the rocks on the edge of the lake left of the fairway. From there, I was trying to find the front right of the green or front-right fringe. I was like, ‘Man, I’ve got a stance. I’ve got this. I’ve got this.’”

Only he hadn’t. Please continue, Jimmy.

“So I’m over it. Getting ready. I hit the shot and next thing I know I throw my club and I’m falling back. The ball is in the water, too. Overall a pretty eventful start.”

Oh, but we’re not done yet.

“So I get out. And the guys are like, ‘Hey, your wedge is still in there.’ I’m really wet at that point. But I’ve got to get back in there, grab my wedge and get back out.”

Five over par after three holes, Lee fought back. Three more dropped shots did appear, but they were outnumbered by six birdies.

“The rest of the day went pretty well,” he explained, his big smile followed by an admirable philosophy. “Although I did hit it in the water on 18. Other than that, it was a pretty decent round. Bad shots just kind of happen. But you can’t base your whole day on the bad shots. Do that and you’re never going to be successful. You’ve got to look at the positives. I putted pretty well for the most part. But I had one bad hole.”