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LPGA Icon, Whose Brother Is Eyeing For Glory at the PGA Championship, Fires Up a Message Beaming With Pride

Published 05/19/2023, 3:23 PM EDT

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The 105th edition of the PGA Championship got underway at the Oak Hills Country Club in Rochester, New York, on Thursday. From Jon Rahm to Brooks Koepka to Scottie Scheffler, the 156-player field is heavily stacked this year.

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Going up against these heavyweights is a 24-year-old Aussie pro-golfer hoping to win his first-ever major. As the major took off, the young talent also found support in his sister, a 2-time LPGA major winner, and golfing icon!

LPGA icon lends support to brother as PGA Championship gets underway


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26-year-old Minjee Lee from Australia is, without a doubt, one of the biggest names in LPGA. The World No. 5 won her first major almost two years ago at the Evian Championship. Last year, she became the U.S. Women’s Open winner, edging past the likes of Nelly Korda, Lydia Ko, and Jin Young Ko.

This year, the LPGA star will be cheering on her brother Min Woo Lee, who is currently competing at the 105th edition of the PGA Championship. World No. 62 Lee turned pro in early-2019 and also appeared in the last year’s edition of the major, where he, unfortunately, failed to make the cut. His most recent appearance on the PGA Tour came during the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he suffered another missed cut.


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Regardless of his recent setbacks, the 24-year-old has set his eyes on winning the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. He most recently took to Instagram to give golf fans a look into his stunning form. “MAJOR WEEK. Lets have a ball!” Lee wrote in the caption accompanying the video.

Sharing the video to her Instagram story, Minjee Lee wished good luck to her brother, writing, “Go Min!! LFG.” The Australian LPGA sensation, meanwhile, had a great outing at the recently-concluded Founders Cup. She finished solo second at the event, taking home an incredible $282,165 in earnings.


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The year’s second major kicks off at New York’s Oak Hill Country Club

After a nearly two-hour-long frost, the PGA Championship kicked off at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. LIV’s Bryson DeChambeau and PGA Tour’s Scottie Scheffler rose to the top of the leaderboard, after day 1 of the event was curtailed by darkness.

Despite battling illness and a rocky start to the event, World No. 3 Rory McIlroy remained in contention for the Wanamaker Trophy. Masters winner and World No. 1 Jon Rahm also got off to a poor start, carding a poor 6-over-76 in his opening round. Some other big names currently in trouble include Matt Fitzpatrick, Byron Nelson winner Jason Day, and Rickie Fowler.


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Do you think Min Woo Lee will nab his first-ever major win this year? Which golfer are you rooting for to win the event? Tell us in the comments!

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Abantika Ghosh


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Abantika is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for her strong passion for golf writing. Even in her early days, Abantika has displayed an impressive ability to cover golf with gripping and insightful stories backed by thorough research. Her inspiration comes from the words of the legendary golfer and flag-bearer of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy: "As long as I keep enjoying my golf, then hopefully I'll be able to play well," which motivates her to continue writing engaging pieces.
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