Masters Champion at Age 19...Who Is Danny Lee?

Matt HolcombContributor IApril 7, 2009

Along with the Masters tournament this week, Tiger Woods has the golf world standing still. Tiger’s win at Bay Hill makes him the obvious favorite to win the Green Jacket this year. However, Danny Lee, a 19-year-old from New Zealand, is looking to make history and accomplish something Tiger wasn’t able to do...again.

If Danny Lee wins the Masters, he would be the youngest Masters Champion. Currently, Tiger Woods holds the record from his 1997 Green Jacket at age 21.

Why the buzz over Danny Lee?

Danny Lee has already accomplished something Tiger Woods wasn’t able to do. Lee became the youngest US Amateur at age 18 years and one month, beating Woods' record by six months and 29 days.

In a tune-up match in Alpharetta, GA last week, Lee won the Georgia Classic by beating British amateur Reiner Saxon on March 31, 2009.

Danny Lee’s outcome of the 73rd Masters will immediately be challenged. The young sensation will be paired with defending Masters Champion Trevor Immelman and a capable Australian in Adam Scott.

Can history be made? Can Danny Lee beat Tiger Woods' record? If I’m being rational...probably not. However, if the teenager cracks the top five going into Saturday, one can be assured that millions will be watching in hopes of witnessing history.