Lee Jeong-eun Named LPGA's Rookie of the Year

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    October 14, 2019 11:46

    Lee Jeong-eun

    This year's Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year has gone to golfer Lee Jeong-eun, the LPGA Tour announced last week.

    With five events still left until the season's finale, Lee, who has amassed 1,273 points, is already far ahead of Kristen Gillman of the U.S., who has earned 517 points.

    Lee not only became the 13th Korean to win the honor but also the fifth consecutive Korean golfer to do so after Kim Sei-young in 2015, Chun In-gee in 2016, Park Sung-hyun in 2017 and Ko Jin-young in 2018.

    Lee won the U.S. Women's Open in June and finished as the runner-up three times this year. She is currently second on the LPGA Official Money List with US$1.91 million, and sits fourth in the Rolex Women's world golf rankings.

    "I am so proud and honored to be one of the Korean golfers who won the honor given to rookie players," Lee said.

    Meanwhile, golfer Im Sung-jae was also named the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Asian male golfer to claim the honor.

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