Minjee Lee

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Minjee Lee
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Personal information
Born (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 22)
Perth, Australia
Nationality  Australia
Career
Turned professional 2014
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 4
Ladies European Tour 1
ALPG Tour 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T3: 2017
Women's PGA C'ship T12: 2016
U.S. Women's Open T11: 2017
Women's British Open T9: 2015
Evian Championship T11: 2015

Minjee Lee (born 27 May 1996) is an Australian professional golfer from Perth. She became the number one ranked amateur golfer in February 2014 after winning the Oates Victorian Open, remaining number one until turning professional in September 2014.

Minjee Lee LPGA International Crown Pro-Am

Amateur career[edit]

In 2010, Lee became the youngest winner of the WA Amateur Open while still a year 9 student at Methodist Ladies' College, Perth.[1] At the start of 2012, she swapped from MLC to Corpus Christi College, to be closer to her golf course. She left Corpus Christi in 2013.[2]

Lee was the winner of the 2012 U.S. Girls' Junior.[3][4] She won the Australian Women's Amateur in 2013[5] and successfully defended the title in 2014.[6] Lee was a member of the 2013 Golf Australia National Squad.

Lee became the number one ranked amateur golfer on 26 February 2014 after winning the Oates Victorian Open on the ALPG Tour.[7] She remained the number one ranked amateur golfer until she turned professional in September 2014 after leading the Australia team that won the Espirito Santo Trophy.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Lee represented Australia in the women's golf competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Lee's younger brother, Min Woo Lee, won the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur, making them the first brother/sister pair to win the USGA's junior championships.[10]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (6)[edit]

LPGA Tour (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 18 May 2015 Kingsmill Championship 68-67-69-65=269 −15 2 strokes South Korea Ryu So-yeon
2 16 Apr 2016 Lotte Championship 68-66-74-64=272 −16 1 stroke United States Katie Burnett
South Korea Chun In-gee
3 23 Oct 2016 Blue Bay LPGA 65-67-73-70=275 −13 1 stroke United States Jessica Korda
4 27 May 2018 LPGA Volvik Championship 67-69-68-68=272 −16 1 stroke South Korea In-Kyung Kim

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2018 LPGA Mediheal Championship New Zealand Lydia Ko Lost to eagle on first extra hole

ALPG Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 23 Feb 2014 Oates Victorian Open
(as an amateur)
73-70-68-68=279 −16 6 strokes Scotland Vikki Laing
2 4 Feb 2018 Oates Victorian Open^ 70-67-75-67=279 −13 5 strokes Australia Karis Davidson

^ Co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour.

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2018.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ANA Inspiration T24LA CUT T26 T3 T25
U.S. Women's Open T22 CUT T46 T11 T34
Women's PGA Championship DNP T13 T12 T36 T25
Women's British Open CUT T9 T25 CUT
The Evian Championship T16 T11 T67 T32

LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 1 1 1 3 5 4
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 4
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 4
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 2
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4
Totals 0 0 1 1 2 12 22 18
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (2015 British Open – 2017 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rickard, Jayne (1 April 2011). "Teenage golfer is WA classic favourite". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Quartermain, Glen (1 February 2015). "The rise and rise of WA teen golfer Minjee Lee, president of the club". PerthNow. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Minjee Lee Claims U.S. Girls' Junior". USGA. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Kroichick, Ron (21 July 2012). "Australia's Lee wins girls' golf title". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Smith and Lee crowned Amateur champions". Golf Australia. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lee and Koh cruise to Australian Amateur victories". Golf Australia. 19 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Minjee Lee and Patrick Rodgers take the WAGR Number 1 spots". World Amateur Golf Ranking. 26 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Nichols, Beth Ann (6 September 2014). "Australian standout Minjee Lee turns pro". Golfweek. 
  9. ^ "Minjee Lee - athlete profile". rio2016.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Australia's Min Woo Lee Wins US Junior Amateur". The New York Times. Associated Press. 23 July 2016. 

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