Minjee Lee wins LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship

18-year-old Minjee Lee vaulted from 59 to 19 on the Rolex Rankings after winning her maiden LPGA Tour event in Virginia on Monday.

Now just three spots below her idol and prospective Olympic Games teammate Karrie Webb, the West Australian prodigy is trying to stay focussed on her rookie LPGA season.

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee (Credit: LPGA)

“Recently (the LPGA) has given us a lot of insight into the Olympics and telling us what will happen at the Olympics and how it will unfold – it’s super exciting,” Lee beamed.

“I’m thinking more and more of how cool it would be and how much of an honour it would be to go to the Olympics.”

Lee became just the seventh person to win on the LPGA Tour before her 19th birthday when she completed a breath-taking final-round 65 to win the Kingsmill Championship.

The Royal Fremantle Golf Club member charged to the front with five birdies and an eagle in nine unforgettable holes between a rain delay and bad light ending play late on Sunday.

With a four-shot lead when Lee resumed her round on the fringe of the 16th green the next morning, she nervously three-putted for a bogey to give her charging rivals hope.

But two steely pars on the tough closing holes were more than enough for a two-shot victory at 15 under par with four consecutive rounds in the 60s capped by her closing 65.

“I wasn’t nervous sleeping (on the lead), but when I got to the green I was,” Lee said.

“When I missed those putts, I knew I just had to make par on the next hole and do everything I could in my control…which I managed to do.”

“It’s not overwhelming, just kind of cool that I can say I’m an LPGA winner now. It feels pretty damn good.”

Source: Mark Hayes/GA