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Korean Lee Chang-Woo is seeing out his teenage years in sensational style after bagging himself a prestigious invite to the 2014 Masters by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

It crowns an epic year for the 19-year-old, who tied with Rory McIlroy as runner-up at last week’s Korea Open having captured the Dongbu Promi Open earlier in the year.

He held his nerve to win by three shots and a total of three-under-par after rounds of 70, 72, 69 and 71 at Nanshan International Golf Club, China.

Lee pulled away from his challengers with a superb display of ball-striking that produced birdies at the 12th and 15th. A three-putt bogey at the last failed to take the shine off his dominant performance.

The victory earned him an invitation to next year’s Masters Tournament and a place in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship along with runner-up Shohei Hasegawa of Hiroshima, Japan.

“Playing in the Masters has been my dream since I started playing golf,” said Lee. “I didn’t think I would have an opportunity [to ever do so], so this is a great honor, as is playing in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship. I have never been so excited.”

Defending champion, Guanlang Tian, finished in a share of eighth. The fifteen-year-old Chinese sensation was trying to cap his “pretty amazing year ” where he not only became the youngest player to ever compete at Augusta, but also made the cut. Despite a strong third round 68, he was unable to make his chances count.