American Star Left Disappointed at Seawon Hills as 2x LPGA Major Champ Steals the $330,000 Title Right Under Her Nose

Published 10/22/2023, 7:25 AM EDT

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This year’s BMW Ladies Championship had everyone on their toes. The nerve-racking match between the LPGA stars unfolded with a thrilling playoff in Paju, Gyeonggi, and an Australia Pro emerged as the winner, taking the title of the championship away from a United States golfer.

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The tournament at Seowon Valley Country Club saw both players enter the playoff tied at 16-under-par, 272, but irrespective of a strong performance by the American putter, the Australian swinger’s strategic play and a birdie in the playoff secured a fat $330,000 purse.

American Pro reflects on a hard-fought battle in Korea

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Minjee Lee, the Australian pro, won the BMW Ladies Championship in Korea, and this marked her 10th career LPGA title and her second Tour win of the season. Alison Lee, the American star, ended up in a close second spot with a $202,680 bag.

After the gameplay, Alison sat down for a press conference, answering how the gameplay was and what the fans could expect from her next. Alison remarked that seeing herself in this position is a big achievement for her. She added that the match brought a lot of her memories back from when she played in Korea in 2017. “Obviously really disappointed but really happy that I was able to put myself in that position, and hopefully more to come,” she added.

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Further answering what her takeaways from the game are that she will consider for her upcoming match in Saudi Arabia, the LPGA star added, “I feel really good about my game.” Talking about her gameplay, she added that she has recognized her mistakes and can’t stop thinking about them, meaning that it aims at refining those little bits.

The player concluded by adding, “Really happy for Minjee. She obviously played really well. It’s disappointing that I couldn’t make my birdie putt and give it another shot playing 18 another time, but it is what it is.

 

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This win marks a big milestone in Minjee Lee’s professional career as a golfer, earning her a grand prize of $330,000, the largest in tournament history.

Alison Lee’s performance at the BMW Ladies Championship

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As always, this week’s games saw Alison Lee showcase her competitive spirit at its best. The LPGA Pro shot a five-under-par 67 in the final round. She gave Minjee a neck-and-neck battle, matching her birdies and showing an exceptional and refined skill set.

Irrespective of her strong performance, a late bogey on the 16th hole set her back. Alison fought back with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, giving Minjee a tough op till the very end.

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Minjee, on the other hand, had her strategy laid out in her head. She shot a four-under-par 68 in the final round, landing her in the playoff. The LPGA star recovered from a bogey on the ninth hole with a birdie on the tenth. During the entirety of the game, she maintained her cadence and ended up scoring the biggest win of her career with a well-executed birdie.

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