Minjee Lee wins LA, jumps to world number 2

Posted by on April 29, 2019  /   Posted in golf news

Minjee Lee on his way to victory in LA today. Image: Getty

Australian Minjee Lee has won her fifth tournament on & # 39; the world's best ladies tour, the LPGA, which led all the way through the final round of the LA Open at Wilshire Country Club.

The 22-year-old from Perth, who is already in fourth place in the world and the winner of the Greg Norman in 2018, will continue her drive to the number 1 world ranking after closing with a 68 for a four-shot win.

She shot four laps in the 60s, and made a clinching mid-range birdie at the 72nd hole to raise $ US225,000 in prize money. It is important that it ends nicely because it has had a series of second placements in the last 12 months.

The Australian will jump to number 2 in the world after today's victory.

Lee has won four previous wins on the LPGA Tour – the Kingsmill Championship 2015, the 2016 Loe Championship, the 2016 Blue Bay Championship and the LPGA Volvik Championship in 2018. She also won two ISPS Handa Vic Opens, including as an amateur in 2014.

The Western Australian started the final round with a one-shot lead over Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark.

But Koerstz Madsen quickly fell away and by the time Lee made a bird in the short par-three seventh and a front nine out of 32, she led with five shots.

But it wasn't that simple. Sei Young Kim from South Korea jumped out of the group with consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th, and then Lee made her only mistake of the day – flaring her second shot at the par-four 11th in the greenside trap and leaving her first bunker shot in the sand and gave a chance.

Suddenly the lead was reduced to two shots, but Kim missed the 18th green right and made bogey, reducing the lead to three when Lee reached the 17th fairway. The Aussie struck pure shots, just missed her birdie-putt on the 17th and then rolled into a four-meter-long birdie on the 18th to finish it.

"I got some birdie chances so I didn't get confused or anything," she said. "I had the first half of the year, I played it solid and played it solid. I felt like it was close and I feel pretty good about this. & # 39; & # 39;

Lee acknowledged the role that Karrie Webb played in her life and her career, because she was a Web trade fair player in the past. "She (Webb) was pretty much my first role model from Australia," she said. & # 39; I mean, she's one of the best. It is really special for her because I live in my life. I have had the pleasure of playing on tour with her and that is quite special for me. & # 39; & # 39;

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