Date: June 25, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Lee third in Arkansas

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Australia’s Minjee Lee faded to finish tied-third in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship today, but continued her strong and consistent season.

Lee, 22, won in Michigan a month ago and is ensconced in the world’s top 10 players.

She started out the final round with a share of the lead with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, but made two early bogeys and quickly lost touch with the Japanese player, who surged away to her first tour win.

Hatoaka has been coached by Gareth Jones, the former South Australian state coach.

She won by six shots, closing with a sensational, closing 63 with eight birdies and no bogeys.

Lee carded an even-par 71 and is projected to jump from fourth to third in the season-long tour rankings.

Another Australian, Rebecca Artis, finished tied-27th, her best LPGA finish in her rookie year.

Meanwhile in Connecticut Jason Day tied-12th in the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour with four consecutive rounds in the 60s. American Bubba Watson made a withering final-round 63 to win by three shots.

In Germany, Scott Hend began his final round of the BMW International Open with a share of the lead but had been overtaken before he even teed off by Thorbjorn Oleson, who shot a fourth-round 61.

Ultimately Hend finished seventh after closing with a 70, and the tournament was won by Matt Wallace of England who rounded everyone up with a 65.