Aussie golf star wins first major title in playoff

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Australian golfer Minjee Lee won a sudden-death playoff against overnight person Jeongeun Lee6 to clinch the Evian Championship connected Sunday for her archetypal large title.

Lee6 had to instrumentality a driblet changeable erstwhile her 2nd changeable connected the archetypal other playoff spread flew into a pond, portion Lee's superb 2nd effort landed adjacent the flag.

Lee6 ended with a bogey to springiness the 25-year-old Lee 3 putts for triumph and a sixth LPGA title.

She missed the archetypal but made the 2nd and was doused successful Champagne by 2015 Evian champion Lydia Ko.

"I'm speechless ... been waiting for this for truthful long. It conscionable feels unreal to person won. In the playoff, and each passim today, I played truly good to get myself successful that position," she said.

"I enactment a batch of unit connected myself to perform, it's conscionable truly bully to person a large rubric nether my belt."

Tournament victor Minjee Lee of Australia imitates a selfie arsenic she poses for a photograph with her trophy during time 4 of the The Amundi Evian Championship. (Getty)

Her younger member Min Woo Lee has 2 wins connected the men's European Tour. He won the Scottish Open 2 weeks agone — besides successful a playoff and connected the archetypal other hole.

"When we were truly little, we utilized to spell down to the driving scope with Mum," she said. "We would conscionable practice."

Lee is the archetypal Australian to triumph astatine Evian since seven-time large victor Karrie Webb successful 2006, earlier it was a major.

"Actually she did connection maine straightaway," Lee said of the 41-time LPGA Tour winner. "She messages maine rather a spot ... it's conscionable truly bully of her."

Minjee Lee of Australia celebrates winning the Evian Championship, copping a champagne shower. (Getty)

Lee and Lee6 had finished the 4th circular astatine 18-under overall, but successful vastly antithetic circumstances.

Lee trailed Lee6 by 7 shots overnight but drew level with a superb seven-under 64 successful the last circular which included 4 birdies connected the past 5 holes. After drifting away, Lee6 (71) deed backmost with 3 consecutive birdies to unit a playoff.

Teenage American Yealimi Noh (67) finished 3rd connected 17 nether erstwhile she missed a birdie accidental connected the 18th.

"A batch of positives, it's been my champion large finish," the 19-year-old Noh said.

Major victor Minjee Lee of Australia poses for a photograph with her trophy and the Aussie flag. (Getty)

Lee and Lee6 some teed disconnected powerfully successful the 18th-hole playoff.

Lee went for a five-iron connected her 2nd shot, but caddie Jason Gilroyed advised her to power to a six-iron and was proved right.

"I deliberation the yardage was for five-iron, but with adrenaline and everything Gilly was like, 'Let's spell six-iron,'" she said. "It was six feet from the hole. Yeah, it worked out."

That accrued the unit connected Lee6, whose tense changeable flew into the water. Her caput dropped arsenic she knew her chances of a 2nd large had conscionable gone. She won the US Women's Open successful 2019.

Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea celebrates her birdie putt connected the eighteenth green. (Getty)

The day's champion circular went to Ireland's Leona Maguire. Her 10-under 61 tied the lowest circular ever by a pistillate oregon antheral successful a large — 2 days aft Lee6 did the aforesaid successful the 2nd round. They stock the grounds with South Korea's Hyo Joo Kim, who besides did it astatine Evian successful 2014.

Japan's Ayaka Furue finished fourth, up of 18-year-old Thai Atthaya Thitikul.

Maguire tied for sixth with Ko, England's Georgia Hall and South Korea's In Gee Chun.

Top-ranked Nelly Korda (67) tied 19th and defending champion Jin Young Ko was 60th.

Lee6's large pb evaporated aft 8 holes arsenic Noh moved level astatine 15 under. By spread No.14 Noh led by 1 changeable from Lee6 and Lee, who moved level with her with a birdie connected 15 and 1 up aft different connected 16.

Minjee Lee of Australia plays her 2nd changeable connected the thirteenth hole. (Getty)

Lee held a tricky par connected No.17 and Noh enactment her manus connected her look successful vexation aft missing a birdie connected the 16th. Lee6 sank a birdie connected that spread to propulsion level with Noh.

Lee6 and Noh past made birdies connected No.17 to enactment 1 changeable backmost from Lee and springiness themselves a chance.

Lee snacked connected immoderate effect portion she waited for them to decorativeness the 18th, past realised determination could beryllium a playoff and started immoderate putting practice.

Lee6 had a precise agelong eagle to triumph the tourney and fell a region short, but held her nervus to marque birdie and acceptable up a playoff.

Minutes later, it was each over.

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