Date: September 13, 2015
Author: Tom Fee / Golf WA

Unlucky Lee rides major rollercoaster

It’s rare to be disappointed with a round of 68 at a major tournament.

Unless, of course, you double-bogey the final hole.

In the blink of an eye, a superb third-round performance from Minjee Lee was tarnished by a mini disaster on the 18th hole at the Evian Championship.

An hour earlier, Lee was soaring after a four-hole birdie streak, entrenched in the top-10 and contending for her first major title.

But on the 18th Lee challenged a tight pin position by the lake, and found the water on her approach.

The shot was not broadcast, but it was revealed later that Lee was incredibly unlucky.

Her approach hit the pin, sending her ball backwards and into the water that was just meters away.

Instead of putting for birdie and a round of 65, Lee was hitting her fourth from the drop zone, this time landing safely and leaving three feet to secure a 67.

But Lee suffered another blow, this time self inflicted, missing her bogey putt to undo so much of her hard work that afternoon.

That hard work saw the West Australian go from nine shots back to within striking distance of the leaders. After two straight bogeys on the second and third holes, Lee birdied six, nine, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Lee finished the round tied for tenth and five back of leader Mi Hyang Lee. Just a month after finishing T9 at the British Open, Minjee Lee is still a great chance to secure her second straight top-10 major finish this year.

New Zealand prodigy Lydia Ko is two back of the lead and challenging for her first major title.

Australia’s Karrie Webb showed moments of brilliance with five birdies in her 1-under round, moving up to T35 at 2-over par, while Sarah Kemp went the other way sitting T65 after her third round of 74.