Kiwi golf sensation wins Australian classic

Danny LeeWellington - New Zealand amateur Danny Lee elbowed the professionals aside Sunday to win the Johnnie Walker Classic in the west coast Australian city of Perth.

Lee, 18, claimed victory by one stroke in an event co-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours.

Lee is the reigning United States amateur champion, and with his win in Perth became the youngest player to win on the European tour and only the second amateur to do so.

Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita, Chile's Felipe Aguilar and Englishman Ross McGowan tied for second place. They shared the purse of 465,000 Australian dollars (302,000 US dollars) that Lee was unable to pocket because of his amateur status.

Born in South Korea, Lee moved to New Zealand at the age of eight and became a citizen the same year.

Lee was a month younger than Tiger Woods when Woods won the first of his three US amateur titles.

The last amateur winner of a European tour event was Pablo Martin at the 2007 Portuguese Open. dpa