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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Minjee Lee Gets LPGA Win Number Two

Katie Burnett came so close to getting her first LPGA win, but Minjee Lee was on fire in the final round of the LOTTE Championship. It was a very entertaining battle between Minjee, Katie and In-Gee Chun.

Minjee Lee with LOTTE trophy

Lee went 6-under on the back nine to shoot a bogey-free round of 64. Katie held the lead most of the day until a bogey at 16 opened the door for Minjee. In-Gee, the defending US Open champ, made got within a stroke of the lead but ran out of birdies after 14. She and Katie tied for second place, one stroke back of Minjee.

Minjee became the fifth player to win two LPGA titles before her 20th birthday. The others are Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Marlene Hagge and Sandra Haynie -- two of the Founders and two of the "New Breed". I think there's something significant in that fact.

Katie should take some positive things from this round, as it was her first time ever with a 54-hole lead and she didn't crumble under the pressure -- she just got outplayed. And just about everybody should feel some degree of fear after In-Gee's finish; despite the back injury, in her four LPGA starts this season she has gone T3, 2, T2 and T2. At this rate, that woman's gonna win one soon!

As for Minjee, she'll be defending her Kingsmill title in about five weeks. She certainly seems on form to do it. With this win she's expected to move up to #12 in the Rolex Rankings, so some good play could certainly put her in the Top10 in time for her defense.


  1. Burnett, Klatten, and others move up ahead of Symetra Tour grads via Priority List

    1. There was a JLPGA event scheduled this weekend in Kumamoto but it was cancelled because of the earthquake that hit the region on Thursday night, which turned out to be the foreshock of a much bigger tremor that struck in the wee hours of Saturday morning.