Min Woo Lee Masters Prep Included TPC Summerlin Putting Contest with Junior Golfers           

Las Vegas resident Min Woo Lee made headlines at The Masters due to his broken ring finger, but what flew under the radar was some of his prep for the season’s first major included an impromptu putting contest with some juniors at TPC Summerlin. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder, LasVegasGolfInsider.com

According to a nearby witness, Lee approached the group of three young players on the TPC Summerlin practice green on April 2 and asked who the worst putter was and who the best putter was. He then suggested a putting contest.

For the next two hours, Lee and the three junior golfers putted and enjoyed the afternoon. Lee offered tips during the session, which reportedly reignited the desire to continue to play golf for one of the juniors.

There are a lot of official “Grow the game” initiatives, but this is the type of under-the-radar moment that can spur the game forward.

Also nearby was Kurt Kitayama and David Lipsky, who joked that Lee, 25, was still a kid at heart and he was totally in his element.

Besides the putting contest, Lee also spent some time leading up to The Masters at Shadow Creek watching his sister, Minjee Lee, compete in the T-Mobile LPGA Match Play presented by MGM Rewards.

At The Masters, Lee spoke about how he broke his finger, most likely in a fitness center in Las Vegas somewhere (Lee didn’t specify where).

“I was in the gym on I think Saturday, yeah, Saturday last week,” Lee said. “I was just doing like a side bridge glute thing and it was literally my last rep, last set thing, and I like threw the dumb bell down and somehow clipped my right ring finger so it … Yeah, so I went to the doctor. Went to the doctor and I thought it was OK because I could move it. It was just red. I thought it would be fine. Then they came in and said, you’ve broken it.”

Lee entered The Masters ranked 32nd in the World Rankings. TPC Summerlin is the host course of the PGA Tour’s Shriners Children’s Open, scheduled for Oct. 17-20, 2024. Through the first three rounds of The Masters, Lee was T41.