Date: June 08, 2015
Author: Martin Blake

Minjee continues hot streak

A week after Minjee Lee's maiden victory on the LPGA Tour, the Australian has backed up with a strong finish at the Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Canada today.

Perth's Lee, who recently turned 19, sprinted home with five birdies and no bogeys in a 67 on the final day to finish 16-under par, tied-fourth behind Sweden's Suzann Pettersen (-22).

It was the perfect warm-up for the season's second major, the Women's PGA Championship at Harrison, New York, this week.

Lee, a two-time Australian amateur champion who is in her rookie season on the world's richest women's tour, leapt into the world's top 20 players with her win in the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia last week, and should rise a few more spots after today's performance.

The field included both the world's top two players, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko, who finished behind the Australian, who will start the week in the top 10 on the Race to CME Globe, the season-long points race for LPGA players.

Another Aussie, Sarah Jane Smith, had her best finish for some time today, tied for 15th.

Meanwhile Victorian professional Breanna Elliot has qualified for her first Women's US Open after a brilliant 66 in the second round of qualifying at St Clair Country Club in Western Pennsylvania at the weekend.

Elliott, from Yarrawonga, had by far the day's low round to seize one of the two places available.

The Women's US Open is at Lancaster Country Club next month, and Elliott will join veteran Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee and Su Oh in the field.