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After four years of undefeated drought at the BMW International Open, Li Haotong overcame emotions

(CNN)Just 10 months ago, Li Haotong was seriously considering leavinggolf.

On Sunday, a 26-year-old woman left the course of the golf club Munich Eichenried,a wonderful emotionalsportcelebration 1 I did one. After his four and a half years,wait for his third victory on the DP World Tour.

And how to end it-After a nail-piercing final day, Lee defeats Thomas Peters in the playoffs and his 40-foot birdie to win at BMW. The international opening in Munich that sank the putt.

Screaming his fist and pumping it up, Lee hugged the caddy, covered his face and sank in the green on his knees. He visibly overcame emotions, and the golfer's passion followed his post-victory interview.

"Where I am ... it's just f ** king golf and it's hard to explain," Li told a DP World Tour reporter.

"I decided to quit golf 10 months ago, but for some reason ... I never thought I could win this playoff.

"I didn't" It may be because I never thought golf was so tough. After many difficult times, I realized how good it was to play good again, "he added. (European Tour) A year later, Lee endured a barren run when he piped four-time major winner Rory McIlroy in Dubai.

Last year, he missed a cut in 13 of his 16 tournament appearances. His co-place 14th is the only Top 60 result of the season at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October. In his lowest position in 2021, he was ranked 542nd in the world.

February's Two Top 6 Outings Each and April far into 2022 before Lee sets a new peak on Thursday's opening round in Munich with a brilliant course record of 10 under 62. Made a good start.

Two eagles and six birdies secured 26-the old lead from the front, 67 leaving Lee in a row, leading by three strokes on the final day.

He got off to a brilliant start with 3 birdies on the first 5 holes on Sunday, but 4 bogies up to 16 holes saw his advantage evaporate at 3 to play. .. The Belgian Peters wondered if Lee could be even more grieved as he made a strong finish with two birdies across the last three holes to force the playoffs.

"I just thought I gave another chance, but I can't allow it to happen to me again," Lee said.

"I already knew it would be very tough, so I kept telling myself" stay there "... fortunately I do. Did.

With this victory, Li won € 340,000 (about $ 358,836).