June 03, 2019 11:15
Lee Jeong-eun won her first major title on the LPGA Tour at the U.S. Women's Open in South Carolina on Sunday. It was also her first career LPGA title since her debut on the tour under the name "Jeongeun Lee6" in February.
Lee began the final round two strokes behind the leader. She shot four birdies and four bogeys to card a 6-under 278, edging out compatriot Ryu So-yeon and America's Lexi Thompson and Angel Yin by two strokes.
She picked up one of most coveted trophies and US$1 million in prize money, which was raised for this year's event, offering the most among the five major championships on the tour. The other four are the ANA Inspiration, Women's PGA Championship, Women's British Open and the Evian Championship.
Korean players have been particularly strong at the U.S. Women's Open, the oldest major in women's golf. Lee is the ninth Korean to win the title over its 74-year history.
Park In-bee won twice -- first in 2008 as the youngest ever winner and again in 2013. The others include Pak Se-ri, who was the first Korean champion in 1998, Chun In-gee, who won in her first appearance at the Open in 2015, and Park Sung-hyun, who won in her LPGA debut year in 2017, like Lee.
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