Date: August 27, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Minjee mauls magical million mark

Minjee Lee broke through the magical $1million barrier today as Australia put up a bold LPGA Tour showing at the Canadian Women’s Open in Saskatchewan.

Victoria’s Su Oh and West Aussie Lee finished in a share of fourth at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, albeit quite a distance behind Brooke Henderson who rampaged her way to victory with an incredible nine birdies in her closing 65 that had a huge home crowd roaring her to a four-shot triumph.

But behind American duo Angel Yin and Jennifer Song, the Aussie duo themselves played outstanding golf, with Lee bouncing back hard from her second-round 73 to card weekend rounds of 67-68 to pocket another big cheque.

In fact, her $88,321 took her to an extraordinary $1.072m in prizemoney already this season on the back of an incredible 10 top-10 finishes, excluding a win and runner-up finish on the ALPG Tour before her LPGA road began.

Oh also now has four top-10 finishes, all of which have come in her past 10 tournaments after a flat start to her season.

The Melburnian carded five birdies and an eagle today, but mixed in four bogeys in an entertaining round that threatened to be something special and promises to be the forerunner of bigger things ahead as she climbs the money list herself, up to 49th on the season rankings.

Remarkably, despite her consistency, Lee fell to third behind Henderson and runaway leader Ariya Jutanugarn.

Of the other Aussies in Canada, Katherine Kirk closed with a 70 to reach seven under and a share of 28th, while Hannah Green couldn’t maintain her good start but still closed in the money in a share of 68th at three over.