In France, with a great comeback in the final round and a birdie on the first play-off hole, Minjee Lee wins, with a total of 266 (68 69 65 64, -18) strokes, the Evian Championship. For the Australian (of South Korean origins) this is the first major in her career.
And now the 25-year-old from Perth is preparing to fly to the Tokyo Games where she dreams of a gold medal. At the Evian Resort Golf Club (par 71) in Evian les Bains the Australian after having registered a bogey free trial, making a partial of 64 (-7) with 7 birdies (one at the beginning and one at the end) , outlasted the competition from Jeongeun Lee6, who wasted a five-shot lead after the "moving day"
First nine nightmare holes for the South Korean who, after a birdie at 1, tripped over 5 bogeys.
Minjee Lee, Evian Championship
Then, in the "back nine", she went back to grinding shots and playing making 4 birdies, of which three consecutive in the final (at 16, 17 and 18).
But over-time a bogey did not allow her to celebrate her second exploit in a Grand Slam event after winning the US Open in 2019. Big regrets for Lee6, who owes her number on her surname to numerous cases of homonymy in her nation of hers.
In the lead after 54 holes and a great protagonist in the second round, when with a 61 (-10) he equaled the lowest score on the lap in a Grand Slam event and with 127 strokes he beat the record of the lowest score on the majors and men than female after 36 holes, she was left with a dry mouth.
In France third place (267, -17) for the American Yealimi Noh, fourth (269, -15) for the Japanese Ayake Furue who preceded the Thai Atthaya Thitikul, 5 / a with 270 (-14). Sixth place finish (271, -13) for the English Georgia Hall, the South Korean In Gee Chun, the New Zealander Lydia Ko and the Irish Leona Maguire, among the protagonists of the last lap where she emulated what Lee6 did in the second round signing a partial of 61 (-10) shots, with ten birdies.
Full loot for Minjee Lee whose success earned her $ 675,000 for a total prize pool of 4,500,000. And now Lee is preparing to fly to Tokyo where from 4 to 7 August she will be among the announced protagonists of the women's individual competition at the Tokyo Games.
Seventh at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she now dreams of the gold medal in Japan. A month of July she marked the successes for the Lee brothers. Min Woo at the Scottish Open (event of the Rolex Series European Tour) two weeks ago she won in comeback, overcoming the competition of many world champions.
And today came the triumph, in the fourth (of five) female majors of 2021, of sister Minjee Lee. For two champions who were the first brothers to win, respectively in the male and female field, the US Junior amateur.