Min Woo Lee – file photo courtesy of European Tour / Getty Images

Min Woo Lee’s share of 4th place in the penultimate European Tour event of the season, the AVIV Dubai Championship has moved him to 5th place in the Race to Dubai standings ahead of this coming week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeira Golf Estates in Dubai.

This week’s 4th place finish will see Lee move to within a place or two of a top 50 ranking from his current 56th place and earn his highest ever ranking. After being 240th just prior to his Scottish Open victory in July, his rise has been remarkable and augurs well for a big finish to the year in next week’s lucrative (US9 million) event.

Lee’s final round of 68 on the Fire Course at Jumeira Estates left him three shots adrift of the winner, Joachim Hansen continues an impressive second half in 2021 which, after shaky start to the year, has seen him win the Scottish Open, finish runner-up at the Andalucia Masters and 8th at last week’s Portugal Masters.

Lee began the final round today three shots behind Hansen and in a share of 5th place. Three early birdies had him with the leader in his sights until bogeys at the 13th and 14th cost him any chance of victory.

Lee earns €48,000 (A$75,000) for his share of 4th but next week’s tournament offers not only six times this week’s purse but bonus monies as well, so Lee’s current form comes at a great time for the 23-year-old.

Lee’s fellow West Australian Jason Scrivener finished 3st and he too had made the limited field for next week’s event and is currently in 15th place in the Race to Dubai standings.