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2020 U.S. Open: ‘Whack-a-mole’ episode thumps Danny Lee

New Zealander 6-putts for a quintuple-bogey 9 on the final hole but cites a wrist injury in pulling out of Winged Foot after 54 holes

Withdrew: Danny Lee, from the 120th U.S. Open, after he reportedly incurred a wrist injury during the third round Saturday at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the USGA announced. The USGA did not indicate which wrist Lee injured nor how he hurt it. However, his pride might have been the biggest casualty of Saturday’s third round. Facing a 4-foot putt for par at the 18th hole, Lee six-putted for a quintuple-bogey 9. He shot 78 for a 13-over 223 total. In an online report, Golf Digest quoted an unnamed marshal who claimed to have witnessed the escapade, describing it as “whack-a-mole.” Lee had been only five strokes off the lead after the first round when he shot even-par 70. Lee, 30, a native South Korean who was raised in New Zealand and resides in the U.S., won the 2008 U.S. Amateur as an 18-year-old, at the time the youngest champion ever. He won once on the European Tour, as an amateur in the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic, and once on the PGA Tour, at the 2015 Greenbrier Classic. Lee came into the U.S. Open ranked No. 108 in the world.

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