New caddy, coach boost Danny Lee

BY BERNIE MCGUIRE
Last updated 09:50 18/05/2010
Kiwi golfer Danny Lee.
HARD WORK: Kiwi golfer David Lee attended the US Tour Qualifying School late last year.

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Danny Lee makes his debut appearance in this week's European Tour flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth sporting a new coach and a new caddy.

Aside from the British Open, the event is the biggest on the European Tour, and has attracted the Tour's leading stars.

Lee got his first look at the Ernie Els revamped Wentworth course on Sunday when he played a practice round on the venue affectionately known as 'The Burma Road'.

It was the third of three separate English golfing gems Lee has played over four days since last Wednesday.

A practice round at Walton Heath, the venue for next Monday's 36-hole US Open qualifier, was followed by practice round at Sunningdale, venue for a 36-hole British Open qualifier on June 7.

Lee had arrived into London from Texas where he had spent a week working with new Fort Worth-based coach, Bill Jung.

"I spent all last week with Bill and I finally feel that I am in the right position with my swing and that has got me really excited," Lee said.

"I've got a lot of golf coming up now and I am playing for nearly a month starting here in Wentworth and going to Madrid next week and then to Wales.

"Also I've got the two qualifiers in between so that is like five tournaments in three weeks."

Upon arrival at Wentworth, Lee met his new English caddy Peter Coleman, who previously has worked for German great Bernhard Langer and more recently Lee's fellow New Zealander, Michael Campbell.

Coleman is legendary among professional caddies, having tasted success on 55 occasions including caddying for Langer for 32 victories and among those were success in the 1985 and 1993 US Masters.

The PGA Championship will be Lee's 10th on the 2010 European Tour, but he's managed to make the halfway cut in just two and lies well down in 211th on the money list with earnings of e15,500 ($NZ31,175).

His best result in those two events was a lowly 45th in the Qatar Masters.

"I messed around with my swing a little too much over the first four months of my year but now that I feel that I got my swing sorted, I feel the results will start to turn around," he said.

"I was just hitting the ball really, really terrible.

"But golf is such a sensitive game but after spending a week in Texas I feel as though I have found the right coach and working on the right things.

"Bill works more on the basics rather than creating new stuff, so I am really looking forward to these few weeks."

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