A week after her brother won on the Asian Tour, Minjee Lee made it a great week for the family by winning on the LPGA Tour in Korea.
Minjee Lee clinched her 10th LPGA Tour title at the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea in a tense playoff. The Australian golfer faced off against American Alison Lee, ultimately prevailing with a well-timed birdie on the first extra hole.
This victory was not just a personal accomplishment but also a historic moment for the Lee family. Minjee’s win came a week after her brother, Min Woo, won the Macau Open, making them the first siblings to win major professional tournaments within a week.
The climax of the tournament unfolded in a gripping playoff against American golfer Alison Lee.
Minjee Lee had held a two-shot lead with just two holes to go, but Alison Lee staged a dramatic comeback with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes.
For Minjee Lee, this win carried a special significance beyond her impressive golfing achievements. Born in Perth to Korean parents, it marked her first victory on her family’s ancestral soil. Her grandmother and extended family were among the spectators, adding an emotional dimension to her triumph.
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Lee said the win on Korean soil was a special one for her and her family.
“Out of all the places, Korea was always at the top of my list because my parents are Korean, and I have a heritage to Korea,” Lee said after her win.
“This one is special, and especially having all of my family and extended family and friends coming out to cheer for me today, it was really cool to see them on the sidelines when I was walking down.”
Lee’s opponent in the playoff, Alison Lee, was the same player she defeated in the final of the US Junior Girls Championship back in 2012. It was a moment of reflection for Minjee as she recalled their earlier encounter, saying, “I actually played her in the final at the US Girls’ Junior, which I kind of thought back when I was on the tee there. I was like, this kind of feels familiar.”