Australia’s next big thing in women’s golf has officially arrived by winning on the LPGA Tour.
Minjee Lee has become the youngest ever Australian winner on the LPGA Tour, taking out the Kingsmill Championship by two strokes.
— LPGA (@LPGA) May 18, 2015
The 18-year-old Australian had made two birdies and an eagle at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to take a four-stroke lead before bad light stopped play on Sunday.
Forced to come back on Monday morning to complete the tournament, Lee looked nervous three-putting for bogey at the 16th – her first hole of the day. And when her nearest rival, American Alison Lee made birdie at the 15th the gap was suddenly just two strokes.
After par at 17, Minjee Lee found the fairway and made a testing par putt at the 18th to maintain her two shot buffer. And when Alison Lee made bogey in an attempt to force an eagle, Minjee Lee was crowned the winner.
The victory is a remarkable achievement for Lee who only turned professional last September (with help from Matthew Pavlich), relinquishing her title as the world’s number one ranked women’s amateur golfer. Lee then secured her LPGA Tour card at qualifying last December.
Lee now has two professional tournament victories to her name after she won the Oates Victorian Open in 2014. The ABC’s Corbin Middlemas added a few extra bits of information that only enhance this remarkable achievement.
Minjee Lee wins Kingsmill championship. 14th instance player won on the @LPGA tour before 19th birthday, 7th woman to do so, 1st Australian.
— Corbin Middlemas (@CorbinMiddlemas) May 18, 2015
So if you didn’t know the name Minjee Lee before, you should now. This will be the first of many victories.