Minjee chases biggest women's golf prize

Australians Minjee Lee, Hannah Green, Su Oh and Katherine Kirk are among the LPGA Tour's top 60 who qualified for this week's Tour Championship.

20-Nov-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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Minjee Lee will be in the power group when the LPGA Tour's top 60 players chase the biggest first-prize cheque in women's golf history at the Tour Championship.

The 23-year-old from Perth is one of four Australians who qualified to tee up in the season-ender at the Tiburon course in Naples, Florida from Thursday, joining Hannah Green, Su Oh and Katherine Kirk.

Lee finished third in the season-long Race to the CME Globe and will play in the final group with the Race winner, world No.1 Jin Young Ko of South Korea and runner-up Brooke Henderson of Canada.

The world No.5 is winding up another successful season in her fifth year on the LPGA Tour, having claimed her fifth career title at the LA Open.

But the $US1.5 million on offer to the winner on Sunday would be considerable icing on the cake.

Unlike the men's tour, the season points are wiped going into the Tour Championship, putting all 60 players on equal footing.

But Lee's toughest competition is quite likely to be right alongside her.

The 24-year-old Ko has won four times this year, including majors victories at the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship, claimed the Player of the Year award and is set to win the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.

Henderson, 22, won twice in 2019 and is fourth on the money list.

Australia's 2019 breakout player Green, 22, is grouped with Spain's Azahara Munoz and Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea after a season that yielded two titles, including a major at the Women's PGA Championship.


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