AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - The biggest problem New Zealand teenager Danny Lee has faced since turning professional in April has been identifying good and bad advice.
“It’s kind of confusing what’s right and what’s wrong,” the 19-year-old told reporters on Tuesday while preparing to compete in his first World Golf Championships (WGC) event.
“Some players give me good advice and others give me the wrong advice because they are them and I am a different person. The best thing you can do out here is just trust yourself.”
Lee, at 18 the youngest player to win on the European Tour, said the best advice he had received had come from 73-year-old South African Gary Player, a nine times major champion.
”He told me: ‘You’ve got a good swing so you don’t have to listen to somebody and try to change that’.
”All you’ve got to do is believe your swing and go out there and play,“ Lee said. ”Sometimes you can have bad breaks and play bad and sometimes you get good breaks and play good.
“You’ve got to make that more consistent and practice harder to come out with good breaks every time.”
Lee, a South Korean native who burst on to the world stage with victory at last year’s U.S. amateur championship, has produced erratic form on the 2009 PGA Tour.
In 10 starts, he has missed six cuts and produced just one top-10 finish, a tie for seventh at last month’s AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods.
“(My game) is improving,” said Lee, who became the youngest player to win a European Tour event with a one-shot victory at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth in February.
“It’s more in the course management and what I think. I‘m still trying to learn. As my dad says, ‘You’re still 19 and you’ve got a long way to go’.”
Lee celebrated his 19th birthday 11 days ago and will be the youngest player to compete at a WGC event when he tees off in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational first round on Thursday.
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