It was one other wild end within the LPGA main that moved from the primary weekend of April to the 100-degree warmth of September, and nobody was extra stunned than the 29-year-old Lee.
She was by no means within the lead at any level till she calmly holed a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th to beat Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, who every had the lead on the again 9.
Lee pitched in from lengthy vary for par on the 16th, dropped a shot on the subsequent gap and seemed to be out of it till her chip from behind the 18th inexperienced rammed in opposition to the pin and dropped for eagle and a five-under 67.
Korda, the 22-year-old American going for her first main, had a two-shot lead with 4 holes to play and could not maintain it. With a one-shot lead going to the par-5 18th, Korda missed the green, needed to lay up and missed the inexperienced to the precise, having to scramble for par and a 69 simply to match Lee at 15-under 273.
Henderson misplaced the lead with a double bogey on the 13th gap that just about price her. However she birdied the 16th and was saved by the wall, a blue-covered construction behind the 18th that stored her second shot on the 18th from working by way of the inexperienced and into the water behind the island inexperienced.
She received up-and-down for birdie and a 69 to affix the playoff.
Mirim Lee leaps into Poppie’s Pond. PHOTO: Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs.
On the primary further gap, Korda once more missed the green and needed to lay up, and her wedge was 25 ft brief for a birdie putt that by no means had an opportunity.
Henderson’s second shot got here up simply brief, and he or she used putter for her eagle try that rolled out some seven ft previous the cup on the sun-baked, quick greens of Mission Hills. Her birdie putt missed on the left facet.
Lee hit 5-wood simply over the again of the placing floor, chipped to 5 ft and made the winner.
Australia’s Katherine Kirk, who was two behind the leaders going into the ultimate spherical, shot 73 to fall down the leaderboard.
The 38-year-old Queenslander completed tied seventh together with compatriot Minjee Lee, who shot 67 to maneuver in the wrong way after a comparatively gradual begin.
Each Kirk and Lee earned AU$102,000 for his or her efforts.
Australian beginner Gabriela Ruffels was additionally spectacular.
The 2019 US Girls’s Beginner champion carded a last spherical 71 to tie for 15th.
The previous Australian tennis participant would have earned AU$64,000, however didn’t qualify for prizemoney due to her beginner standing.
US Girls’s Beginner champion Rose Zhang, who narrowly beat Ruffels final week to take her title, birdied the 18th for a 72 to tie for 11th.
She completed at eight-under 280, setting the file for lowest rating by an beginner.
– Doug Ferguson, Related Press
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