Minjee Lee has had her best season as a professional. Image: Getty
Western Australian Minjee Lee will be joining tomorrow in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship of the LPGA Tour in Naples, Florida, knowing that she has a big chance not only to win the tournament, but also to receive the US $ 1m bonus for the winner of the Race to the CME Globe.
After 31 tournaments, 25 winners, 13 host countries and an international team competition, the 2018 LPGA Tour season this week features the CME Group Tour Championship, which will be held at the Tiburón Golf Club.
World number 1 and the dominant player of the season, Ariya Jutanugarn, leads the field of 72 elite players, with 12 women competing for the $ 1 million bonus that goes to the winner of the race to the CME Globe, a season competition of a season.
For Lee and one of the other top five seeds, it's easy – win the CME Group Tour Championship and take home US $ 1 million. However, the top 12 in the points race all have a mathematical chance to take the bonus.
Seated at number 2, Lee has an abundance of qualitative finishes in 2018, including 13 top-10 finishes and victories at the LPGA Volvik Championship on the LPGA Tour and the Oates Vic Open on the ALPG Tour, making them very useful she is stepping on the big stage this week.
"All my experience in the past three years, I'm just a little more mature and I've done my best to get to know the Tour so that I can get to know myself better and know how to handle things," said the 22-year-old. Lee, who is number 1. 5 in the world. "In San Francisco I lost in a play-off, but to get myself in that position I was very happy.I have a lot of great experiences this year and have had a lot of quarrel, but have not been able to win several times."
Next to Jutanugarn and No. 3 seed Brooke Henderson, Lee will stall in the last group at 10:41 am local time. She will be accompanied by her compatriots Katherine Kirk, Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith and Hannah Green.