Weekend winners: Minjee Lee holds off Korda and Jutanugarn in China
LPGA Tour: Blue Bay LPGA – Minjee Lee
Minjee Lee claimed her second win of 2016 after shooting a two-under 70 to beat Jessica Korda by a shot. Women’s British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn was third with Charley Hull taking sixth place.
Australian Lee looked to be in control of the tournament with a six-shot lead after two rounds but then stumbled with a 73 on Saturday as Korda managed a Saturday 66.
She led by three after seven holes but things tightened up over the back nine. At the 17th Jutanugarn birdied, Korda parred and Lee three-putted to leave the Aussie and Thai players tied, one clear of Korda.
Jutanugarn tugged her tee shot into the water and made six, Korda made a birdie four but that was matched by Lee who notched her third win on Tour.
Michelle Wie closed with a 74 but it was still good enough for her first top-10 finish of the year.
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What Lee said: “I think my heart was like coming out of my chest … even on that last putt. I was a little nervous all day, actually.
“I knew that I had a good opportunity (at 18) but I was getting ahead of myself. I knew that either Jess was going to make birdie, was probably going to make birdie, and so I thought to myself, I need to make birdie here. I just put myself in good spots and then yeah, I ended up making birdie. Yeah, just stuck to my game plan.”