Danny Lee, an 18-year-old amateur who became the youngest golfer to win a European Tour event on Feb. 24, has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to compete at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 25-31 in Fort Worth.
Peter Ripa, Colonial tournament director, confirmed Lee’s addition to the field this afternoon. Lee, a native of New Zealand, also is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and will compete in the 2009 Masters.
Lee, 18, became the youngest champion in European Tour history with his Feb. 24 victory at the Johnnie Walker Classic. Lee (18 years, 213 days) broke the previous mark of Dale Hayes (18 years, 290 days), winner of the 1971 Spanish Open.
_ Jimmy Burch