Born: April 5, 1987
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 9 in
College: University of Washington
Turned Pro: 2010
Sponsors: Callaway, IHG, Boss, Titleist
Richard Lee played on the University of Washington Huskies golf team and graduated in 2010. He turned professional that spring and prepared for the year-end PGA Tour qualifying school tournament.
After six grueling days, Lee came up one shot short of earning his PGA Tour card and had to settle for full playing privileges on the Nationwide Tour. Lee had a solid if not spectacular first year on the Nationwide. His best finish was a runner-up at the 2011 Mexico Open and he finished the year 37th on the money list; 12 spots short of earning a PGA Tour card.
Lee’s second trip to Q-school at the end of 2011 was equally as dramatic and stressful as his first, only this time he ended up being on the right side of a close shave – earning his PGA Tour card for the 2012 season by a single stroke after playing the final 5 holes in 5 under par.
Lee’s first year on the PGA Tour was challenging. He struggled to find his form until later in the season when he recorded his only top ten at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open. He fell short of retaining his card but once again conquered qualifying school, tying for 4th place and securing his spot on the 2013 PGA Tour.
Lee made 13 of 27 cuts in 2014, recorded two top ten finishes and earned over $600,000.
Lee has only played a handful of events in 2015, he missed the cut at Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open. He also has played a couple of Web.com events.
Off the course, Lee enjoys life in Seattle and roots for the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks football team. Richard married his fellow Washington Huskie Christine Kim during college. He credits getting married early and having a child for helping him be better organized and giving him a better perspective on life.