Aussies on Tour: Lee’s chance lost at US Women’s Open – PGA of Australia

The two-time major champion was tied and played in the final group at Lancaster Country Club. He was the leader by two after the first hole on Sunday.

Her birdie from just outside 10 feet and bogeys from 54-hole co-leaders Wichanee Meechai and Andrea Lee gave Lee a leading position that she seemed destined to keep.

When Andrea Lee double-bogeyed on four and Meechai tripled the par-3 sixth after finding the box with her tee shot, Minjee’s lead had grown to three strokes despite a three-putt bogey of her own on six.

Lee let a birdie opportunity slip around the right edge of the hole at the par-5 seventh, but was three shots ahead of the field at 4 under par on the tee of the par-4 ninth.

A tee shot that found the fairway bunker led to a bogey on nine, which would mark the beginning of the end.

Another three-putt on 10 left Minjee level with eventual champion Yuka Saso (68) on 2 under, but the tables would soon turn dramatically.

While Saso birdied the par-5 13th ahead, Minjee’s tee shot at the treacherous par-3 12th trickled back into the box in front of the green, the double-bogey putting her three shots back in the blink of an eye.

It was a place from which she could not recover, with a second double bogey on 14, followed by a bogey on 15 for a final round of 8-over 78 and a tie for ninth, seven shots behind Saso.

“I started well. I felt like I hit it pretty good; I just missed a few putts for birdie and then I exploded,” was Lee’s candid confession after the round.

“Of course I will acknowledge my disappointment and then come back stronger and take the positives from the week.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the last day, so it wasn’t my best performance, but I’m sure there will be much better performances to come.”

While Lee struggled, West Australian Hannah Green matched the tournament’s low round to move into a tie for 16th with a 4-under 66, while Sarah Kemp and Gabriela Ruffels were both tied for their final rounds.

Birdies at seven, nine and eleven provided the momentum Green had been looking for all week, completing her climb up the leaderboard with birdies of five feet and three feet at sixteen and seventeen.

“I feel like I gave myself better putts for birdie today, a lot more uphill putts, which was nice,” Green said.

“I felt like I had a lot of double breakers the first few laps with a break of a few meters. You can’t be aggressive with that because your eye is just not used to seeing that.

“The game plan was pretty much the same all week, just the execution was different today.”

It was also a near miss for Rod Pampling during the Principal Charity Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Pampling was level going into the final round at the Wakonda Club in Des Mines and kept pace with Ernie Els on the front nine, but the South African stayed clear shortly after the turn with two birdies and an eagle, Pampling’s 3-under 69 good enough for a share of the third.

Kirsten Rudgeley finished just two shots shy of the play-offs as she claimed a top five finish at the Dormy Open Helsingborg on the Ladies European Tour, while Kiwi Ryan Fox continued his strong form on the PGA TOUR with a tie for seventh place at the RBC Canadian Open .

Photo: Chris Keane/USGA


US Women’s Open
Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, PA
1 Yuka Saso 68-71-69-68—276 $2.4 million
T9 Minjee Lee 70-69-66-78-283 $271,732.67
T16 Hannah Green 76-71-72-66—285 $161,840.67
T29 Sarah Kemp 75-72-72-70—289 $68,873.14
T51 Gabriela Ruffels 75-73-75-70-293 $26,209
T58 Amelia Garvey (NZ) 76-71-74-73—294 $23,035.89
MC Lydia Ko (NZ) 80-73—153
MC Steph Kyriacou 77-76—153
MC Keeley Marx (a) 76-81-157

RBC Canadian Open
Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario
1 Robert MacIntyre 64-66-66-68—264 $1.692 million
T7 Ryan Fox (NZ) 66-64-70-70-270 $295,317
T42 Adam Scott 70-69-70-69-278 $29,986
MC Aaron Baddeley 77-71—148
MC Harrison Endycott 72-79-151

DP world tour
European Open
Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany
1 Laurie Canter 68-66-73-72—279 €392,765.45
T65 Daniel Hillier (NZ) 77-70-77-77—301 €5,660.44
MC Haydn Barron 77-71-148
MC Jason Scrivener 75-76—151
MC Sam Jones (NZ) 76-75—151
MCDavid Micheluzzi 74-78—152

European Women’s Tour
Dormy Open Helsingborg
Allerum Golf Club, Sweden
1 Perrine Delacour 68-70-67—205 €45,000
T5 Kirsten Rudgeley 69-71-67—207 €11,200
T64 Momoka Kobori (NZ) 75-70-74—219 €885
MC Amy Walsh 73-76-149

Korn ferry ride
UNC Health Championship
Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh, North Carolina
1 Kaito Onishi 68-69-69-66—272 $US 180,000
T38 Rhine Gibson 72-70-66-73-281 $4,915
MC Brett Drewitt 71-72—143
MC Dimi Papadatos 66-77—143

PGA TOUR Champions
Most important charity classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
1 Ernie Els 62-68-65—195 $300,000
T3 Rod Pampling 65-65-69-199 $120,000
T6 Vijay Singh (FI) 64-68-68 – 200 $76,000
T8 Steven Alker (NZ) 67-68-66—201 $60,000
T10 David Bransdon 68-68-66 – 202 $50,000
T12 Stuart Appleby 68-69-66-203 $38,400
T12 Steve Allan 69-66-68 – 203 $38,400
T18 Michael Wright 67-70-68-205 $23,844
T27 Richard Green 70-69-67 – 206 $16,600
T32 Cameron Percy 66-69-72-207 $12,133
T41 David McKenzie 70-70-68 – 208 $8,800
T47 John Senden 70-69-70 – 209 $6,400