Minjee Lee won at Kroger Queen City in a tiebreaker

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Minjee Lee make an awesome strategy shot on second playoff hole to defeat Charley Hull and win the championship Kroger Queen City of the LPGA Tour Sunday in Cincinnati. The Australian shot a 71 in the final round to finish 16-under 272 over 72 holes at Kenwood Country Club. Hull He shot a 69 to tie Lee and earn a playoff.

Both women replayed the par-4 18th hole and made par. They repeated a playoff hole on 18, where Hull missed his birdie putt and Lee took advantage of him to win her first LPGA title since the 2022 US Women’s Open.

Lee said he was looking for a strong finish to his final tournament in the United States before returning in November for the CME Group Tour Championship.. “It’s always hard to reset your goals after an incredible year,” Lee said on the Golf Channel broadcast. “I felt like I could reset well here and then have a good Asia (swing) and CME.”

Lee had a two-shot lead after 54 holes and birdied the second, seventh and eighth holes Sunday to move to 18 under par. But a double bogey at the par-5 12th restored parity. He made par on the remaining six holes, allowing Hull caught him with three consecutive birdies between the 14th and 16th.

“I think I had a few moments where I really felt like I was missing out, but I wasn’t.”Lee said. “The scoreboard said we were tied. I thought, ‘Let’s play to the end and see where it ends.’ So I didn’t give up, I just played every shot to the best of my ability.”

China Ruong Yin He shot a 67 to finish third at 14 under par. Ally Ewingwho won the inaugural edition of the tournament last year, is fourth this year at 12 under after a final round 66. A close tie for fifth at 11 under with the English Mel Reid (66 on Sunday), the Korean Mi Hyang Lee (67), the Thai Ariya Jutanugarn (71), the Japanese Yuka Saso (72), the Swiss Morgane Metraux (73) and the Taiwanese Peiyun Chien (74).

In its part, Azahara Muñoz he finished thirty-six with a -4. The Spanish player signed four birdies and a bogey in the final round.

Final classification (par 72)

Tie-breaker
1. Minjee Lee (Australia) 3
2. Charley Hull (England) 4
After 72 holes
1. Minjee Lee (Australia) 272 (67-69-65-71)
2. Charley Hull (England) 272 (67-68-68-69)
3. Ruoning Yin (China) 274 (68-66-73-67)
4. Ally Ewing (United States) 276 (69-70-71-66)
5. Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 277 (69-69-68-71)
5. Mel Reid (England) 277 (71-69-71-66)
5. Mi Hwang Lee (South Korea) 277 (74-68-68-67)
5. Yuka Saso (Japan) 277 (69-66-70-72)
5. Morgane Metraux (Switzerland) 277 (68-66-70-73)
5. Peiyun Chien (Chinese Taipei) 277 (66-64-73-74)

36. Azahara Muñoz (Spain) 284 (71-69-75-69)

Source: La Verdad

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