Minjee Lee wins under lights in Dubai

Australia’s Minjee Lee has won the Dubai Moonlight Classic in a playoff to secure her first title of 2020 and her second on the Ladies European Tour.

Lee, the highest-ranked player in the field this week at No.9, carded a 3-under 69 in the final round to join Celine Boutier in the playoff under the floodlights at Emirates Golf Club after they finished tied at 10-under par after 54 holes of regulation play.

Minjee Lee Minjee Lee (Credit: LET/Tristan Jones)

Boutier left her birdie effort short before Lee holed from 20-feet to seal victory on the first extra hole and claim the €36,266 ($A59,335) winner’s prize money. The victory is Lee’s eighth worldwide title.

Reflecting on her first Moonlight Classic appearance and playing under the floodlights, Minjee Lee was ecstatic to have won and to be back playing tournament golf.

“This year has been tough but this is a nice way to close it out,” said Lee. “I’ve really enjoyed the format and everything about the week, my second time playing night golf was certainly memorable.”

“It feels pretty special to be here playing at night-time and the course has been amazing It’s been a really fun week.”

Formerly known as the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters, the inaugural tournament was played in 2006, with a strong history of world class winners, including the two-time winner, Annika Sorenstam, and four-time champion, Shanshan Feng.

Sorenstam won the first two events back to back in 2006 and 2007, while Chinese former world no.1, Feng, dominated from 2014-2016, winning the tournament three times in-a-row.

The newly named and scheduled tournament has been switched from May to November after its first staging in spring 2019 when it achieved global recognition as the world’s first professional day-night tour event.

Australian rookie Stephanie Kyriacou carded a third consecutive 71 to share 17th at three-under while her compatriot Whitney Hiller (75) slid down the leaderboard to finish at nine-over.