While Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko Faltered in 2023, LPGA Star Minjee Lee Joins an Elite List, Courtesy of Her $300,000 Heroics

Published 09/11/2023, 10:45 AM EDT

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In a year where Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko faced setbacks, Australian LPGA star Minjee Lee has risen to the occasion, securing her spot in an exclusive club with a remarkable $300,000 triumph at the Kroger Queen City Championship. Currently ranked fifth in the LPGA rankings, Lee’s stellar performance saw her claim a significant portion of the $1,750,000 prize purse, finishing the four rounds with a total score of 16 under par.

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While she did lose a five-shot lead in six holes, Lee ultimately prevailed in a play off against Charley Hull, marking a thrilling victory. After this win, sports journalist Justin Ray tweeted a rather interesting fact about Minjee Lee’s current victory. Let’s find out how she overtook the golfing sensations Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko to enter an elite club of 3 golfers.

Minjee Lee’s Strong Performance and the Feat

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This season has proved challenging for golfers like Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko. Clearly, their form has not been as consistent as in previous years. Last win for Korda was in July 2023 at Aramco Team Series in London while Lydia Ko last picked up a trophy in February 2023 at Aramco Saudi Ladies International. Both were non-LPGA events.

In contrast, Minjee Lee, Australian LPGA player, has achieved a remarkable feat and has added yet another feather in her cap, becoming the third player to secure LPGA wins in three consecutive seasons: 2021, 2022, and now even in 2023.

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This accomplishment by the nine-time LPGA winner was brought to the public’s attention by Justin Ray, who tweeted early Monday morning, September 11th. His tweet read, “With her win today, Minjee Lee is just the 3rd player with @LPGA wins in the 2021, 2022, and 2023 seasons. Brooke Henderson and Jin Young Ko are the others.”

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The Cincinnati winner revealed her plans for a well-deserved break during the post-round press conference. She shared that she would be heading to Perth, Australia which is her hometown.

Minjee Lee’s Relaxation Plans in the Wake of Triumph

She doesn’t have much lined up over there but will soak up the sun and enjoy some good quality time with her friends and family. Some golfers believe that if they step away from their clubs for a while, their performance improves upon return.

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Minjee Lee is certainly one of those golfers who takes a break from her clubs every now and then to bounce back better. She humorously remarked, “So one week off and then Korea, and then two weeks off. Maybe I’ll have a week off without clubs.”

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Roshni Yadav is a new golf writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a national level golfer, putting her golf expertise into her writing. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott happen to be her favorites to watch and learn from.
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