Minjee Lee runner-up in LPGA teams event

Australian Minjee Lee and South Korean Jin Young Ko have come second in the LPGA's Great Lakes Bay Invitational after rattling home 12 final round birdies.

Published: 21-Jul-2019      Updated: 09-Dec-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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Australian Minjee Lee's potent partnership with world No.2 Jin Young Ko produced an LPGA Tour runner-up finish as they rattled home on the final day of the Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan.

World No.4 Lee and her South Korean partner produced 12 birdies in a 12-under-par 58 in the closing-round four-ball format at Midland Country Club.

However, the two big guns were outshone by Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura and American Cydney Clanton who won the two-woman teams event by six strokes at 27-under 253.

The winners combined for a closing 11-under-par 59.

It is a second LPGA Tour victory for Suwannapura, and a first for Clanton, who had never finished better than seventh in an LPGA event.

Lee and Ko finished one shot ahead of third-placed Thai stars Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, who closed with a 61.

It was the third runner-up result of the year for Lee, who won the LA Open in April, and it took her past $US1 million in prize money this season.

She sits fourth on the season money list and third in the season points race behind leader Ko.

Lee admitted it had taken their pairing a bit too long to settle into the teams event, which used a format of two rounds of alternate-shot foursomes and two of four ball.

"We both played better than we did the last time we played four balls," Lee said.

"We just had a better rhythm out there. I think we just fed off each other.

"Jin Young had so many birdies today, so I just tried to keep up pretty much."


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