9 Sep 2015

Lee "could now die in peace"

11:44 am on 9 September 2015

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee joked that he could now die in peace after he secured his place in the International team for next month's Presidents Cup in South Korea.

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee Photo: Photosport

Lee earned a return to his birthplace with a shot to spare as he finished tied for 33rd at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston yesterday which secured him the 10th and last automatic spot in the team.

Lee, who started the PGA TOUR season ranked 84th in the International Team standings, says he's very excited, making the team has been his goal this year.

The US team so far is Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Chris Kirk.

The International Team also includes Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri, Charl Schwartzel and Thongchai Jaidee. India (Lahiri) and Thailand (Jaidee) are represented in The Presidents Cup for the first time in event history. This year's Presidents Cup will be the first contested in Asia.

Team captains will pick two more players each.

Lee was No.54 in the Official World Golf Ranking, which determines the International Team, after the Deutsche Bank. He was .0098 points ahead of Australian Steven Bowditch, who ranked 55th in the OWGR.