Car crash cannot keep alternate Lee from playing at Bay Hill

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(Reuters) - A pre-tournament car crash was not going to stop Lee Kyoung-hoon from jumping at a last-minute chance to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Thursday.

Lee, in his second season on the PGA Tour, incurred a sore neck and back when the courtesy car driven by his wife was involved in a two-vehicle accident en route to the Bay Hill course on Wednesday, golfchannel.com reported.

But the 28-year-old South Korean, the first alternate in the event, still rose before dawn on Thursday and headed out to the course in Orlando in case someone pulled out.

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And when defending champion Francesco Molinari withdrew with a bad back, Lee's effort was rewarded.

Not only that, he got to enjoy some pretty heady company as he slotted into Molinari's spot in a threesome with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

"I couldn't feel anything after that," Lee said after a solid even-par 72.

"Maybe the accident was lucky, kind of like karma that led me to getting into the event."

Lee is having a solid season, 76th on the tour's FedEx Cup ranking.




(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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