This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
With a number of Americans crossing the Atlantic a week early to prepare for the Open Championship, the Scottish Open had both big names and a strong field. The John Deere Classic had no big names in a very weak field. But in the end, the two tournaments did have one thing in common: surprise winners.
Min Woo Lee, an Australian ranked 240th in the world, defeated Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry on the first playoff hole in Scotland. The tournament was played at a links-like course, the Renaissance Club, but it's nothing like what the golfers will see this week at a true links course in Royal St. George's.
Min Woo Lee
The 22-year-old Australian won for the second time on the European Tour to secure a berth in the Open, which will be his first major. Lee had tied for 28th at the WGC-Workday in Florida earlier this year, showing he could hang with the world's best golfers, but then was sidelined for almost three months. Entering the week, he had made the cut in only half of his 10 starts in 2021. But he was coming off a top-20 at the Irish Open, so he had started trending in the right direction. Still, this biggest win of Lee's career was a stunner, especially in such an