Lee birdies on 18 for birthday win
Minjee Lee’s task was simple: A birdie on No. 18 would win her the tournament. It was a manageable par 5, the easiest hole on the course in the final round.
After a good drive, her second shot came closer to trouble than much of the gallery probably realized.
“I almost clipped the tree,” Lee said. “I overcut it a little bit, but it finished out in a good position.”
Lee’s shot came to rest just to the right of the green, and from there it was a simple chip and putt for the birdie that gave her a one-stroke win over In-Kyung Kim at the LPGA Volvik Championship on Sunday. Lee, who turned 22 on Sunday, won for the first time since 2016. It was the Australian’s fourth career victory.
Lee three-putted for a bogey on No. 17, dropping into a tie with Kim, who finished her round about the same time. So Lee needed a birdie to win on 18. The 18th hole was 470 yards Sunday. There were 44 birdies there in the final round.
“The tee was up,” she said. “I was pretty confident that I could get there in two if I had a good drive.”
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Broadhurst wins Senior PGA title
Benton Harbor, MICH.
Paul Broadhurst wishes he had played this well in his 23 years on the European Tour.
“I know a lot more about my swing now and I guess you get that with age and experience,” the 52-year-old Englishman said after shooting an 8-under 63 on Sunday to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes and match the best 72-hole score in tournament history.
Broadhurst finished at 19-under 265 at Harbor Shores for his second senior major victory. The 63 was the best fourth-round score by a winner. Rocco Mediate also shot 19 under at Harbor Shores in 2016.
Also the 2016 British Senior Open winner, Broadhurst led the field with 26 birdies and passed third-round co-leaders Tim Petrovic and Mark McCarron with a 4-under 31 on the back nine.