Danny Lee Q & A
September 02, 2015
By Kenneth Quillinan , Special to PGATOUR.COM
- September 02, 2015
- Danny Lee of New Zealand hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Q: How excited are you for the prospect of competing in The Presidents Cup this year in Korea?
Lee: I am very excited. Making the team has been my goal for this year; it was my biggest goal this year. I will be honored and happy if I am on Nick Price’s team in Korea.
Q: Has this been your main goal for 2015?
Lee: Yes, most definitely. I can probably die in peace now!
Q: How pleased are you with the progress you have made this year?
Lee: This year has been a big challenge, I knew I was getting better and winning at The Greenbrier showed me I can compete out on TOUR. I am happy I can show the results of my hard work to everybody, especially my team and my fans.
Q: What was it like to come out on top at The Greenbrier Classic?
Lee: It was awesome. It has built up my confidence and given me lots of motivation to keep working.
Q: Do you feel now that your next goal is to get into the top 50 and qualify/challenge for the majors?
Lee: I am pretty sure that I am not that far from getting into top 50. At the moment I am not thinking about that kind of stuff- one day I will work on being number one, but now I am going to keep doing what I am doing. I am not trying to focus on rankings, I just want to focus on playing good golf and hopefully it will take care of itself.
Q: You left Korea for New Zealand at the age of 11. Is there anything in particular that you miss from here? I’m going to assume the food…
Lee: I miss my grandparents the most, and yes, of course, the Korean food.
Q: It seems that you are becoming more active on Instagram/Twitter nowadays. Influenced by fellow pros to do this or maybe in line with your on course improvement?
Lee: I want to show my fans what I am doing out here and that I can still have fun while doing it.
I enjoy the fan interaction and having them follow me so they can see that I enjoy what I am doing.
Q: What would Danny Lee be doing if golf never existed?
Lee: Probably creating golf!
Q: So, what do you get up to away from the course? Anything exciting?
Lee: More golf, work out, and I enjoy playing video games.
Q: A Presidents Cup partnership of yourself and Ben An seems like it could work very well, in particular with the home support behind you. Any thoughts on this?
Lee: It could work out well; we grew up playing golf together in Korea. I remember traveling in junior golf tournaments in the summer with him. Our game style is a bit different, but we would make a good team.
Q: Do you have one eye on next year’s Olympics?
Lee: I am excited to represent my country, and it will be a lot of fun for the top golfers to gather in one place and compete for our individual countries.
Q: Also, will you be keeping an eye on the Rugby World Cup while in Korea? It is well known that the All-Blacks are hot favorites…
Lee: I will definitely look out for the scores and of course the All-Blacks are my favorite team...
Q: If KJ Choi brings the International Team to a Noraebang (Karaoke Room) as suggested, what song can we expect you to sing?
Lee: “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
Q: What message to you have for the Korean fans who will no doubt be cheering on your every shot?
Lee: Scream when I hit my golf ball… come out and have fun!
Q: And finally, what advice would you offer up to the young golfers in Korea, who look to players like yourself for inspiration?
Lee: My only advice is when things aren’t going well, that is the toughest time and you need to be strong and believe in yourself and keep going at it. Never give up, believe in yourself that you are a good enough player to make it. I don’t know how long it’s going to take to break through that tough time, but it will happen, and the hard work is worth it.