With new priorities in her life and a body becoming more prone to injuries, Jee Young Lee had been thinking of retiring from the LPGA Tour for the past few years. With these thoughts in mind and a wedding day approaching in December, Lee decided before last week to end her career in Alabama, and she finished on a high note with a T35 finish at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
"It feels weird, everybody was coming up to me this is your last tournament, good luck with everything," said Lee. "I've been out her for like 10 years and I've enjoyed it and met a lot of good players."
Lee earned LPGA membership for the 2006 season after winning the 2005 CJ Nine Bridges Classic Presented by Sports Today. She has had an impressive career on the LPGA Tour with 36 top-10 finishes, one win and career earnings of $3,700,098.
Lee recalled some of her best memories on tour, "You know, I just love to play and I have played with a lot of good players, like Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam."
Lee made the cut in Alabama so would be getting into the final major of the season, The Evian Championship, so why the decision to retire before then?
"Actually, I love that place, but I never play well at the Evian Championship and I'm getting married in December, so I'm going to have more time planning for my marriage."" Lee said.
Lee is set to tie the knot on December 5th in Korea and has a bright future after golf.
"I'm thinking I'm going to have babies," said Lee of what's next for her. "I hope I'm going to be a good mama and a good wife."