But despite family deprivation, Lee6 still pursued an amateur and ultimately a professional career in golf, playing in the LPGA or Korea Tour (KLPGA) before moving on to the LPGA.
It has paid off. On Sunday, the rookie from the Republic of Korea won the 74th US Women & Open in the Country Club of Charleston, South Carolina, not only for her first major title but also for her first LPGA victory in the career.
Lee6 – who turned 23 last week – earns $ 1 million in prize money with the winnings. That is the second largest amount for a winner on the LPGA; the CME Group Tour Championship will pay out $ 1.5 million to the winner in November.
And her last name is not a typo. Lee6, who prefers to visit & # 39; Six & # 39; , uses the number at the end of her last name because she was the sixth player named Jeongeun Lee in the history of the KLPGA. But instead of staying in South Korea, where her family is, Lee6 wanted to make the switch to the LPGA in the US.
"Looking at my family situation, I thought about wanting to play golf because I wanted to support my family no matter what happened, & # 39; Lee6 said through a translator." And after three years, have become successful in (the) KLPGA, I think about that, and that makes me want to play more. "
Her fan club in South Korea is called" Lucky 6. "And that number was prominent on Sunday, because Lee6 won with a final score of 6-under par after shooting a 1-under 70 on Sunday.
"Because I am a newcomer, I thought – I just wanted – I didn't even expect that I would win the tournament so quickly, & Lee 39 said. "I think this was very lucky that I won this big championship tournament."
When asked what she would do with the money, Lee6 at the media center reaped a laugh.
"So my goal was, if I win the tournament, I can eat windows," Lee6 said. "That was my goal: if I complete the top five, I can buy shoes, but I can buy shoes and eat windows, so it's a double."