MINJEE LEE FIGHTS HARD THROUGH FINAL ROUND IN THAILAND
World No. 7 Minjee Lee shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand but finished one stroke shy behind winner Amy Yang. Lee had a solid performance throughout all four rounds of the tournament and put on a stunning performance for her fans. Happy about her round, Lee managed to close in on Yang’s three-stroke lead at the time the lightning delay occurred, while hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens.
“I really fought out there. Just tried to make as many birdies as I could. Probably didn't play probably 15 and 16 the way I wanted to, but I think overall I had a pretty solid performance,” said Lee.
Her runner-up performance at the 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand is her best finish of the event. She previously finished fourth in 2018, T25 in 2017 and T8 in 2016.
CARLOTA CIGANDA SHOOTS LOW -9 TO FINISH THIRD
Carlota Ciganda was four strokes behind the third-round leaders, sitting at T8 at -11 but her stunning performance on Sunday moved her five spots up the leaderboard. Her final-round 9-under-par 63 included five birdies and two eagles, topping her previous low round in Thailand by three shots. Ciganda’s third-place finish was her best Honda LPGA Thailand performance in the six starts she has made in the event.
“To be honest, I was just playing my game, and I saw that Amy was 21-under at that point. I just wanted to get to 20-under,” which Ciganda reached with an eagle on the par-4 15th. “I thought that would be a good score for today.”
- Players in the top 10 and ties represent seven different countries (USA, Republic of Korea, Australia, Thailand, China, Spain and Canada)
- Two players recorded today’s low round of 9-under-par 63 – Carlota Ciganda (-21) and Beatriz Recari (-5)
- The final round was suspended at 1:12 p.m. due to lightning in the area and play resumed at 2:16 p.m.
LEADERS TOP 10 COMPETITIONThe LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.
Nelly Korda is in the lead with three top-10s, followed by seven players with two top-10s each.
CME GROUP CARES CHALLENGE – SCORE 1 FOR ST. JUDE
The CME Group Cares Challenge is a season-long charitable giving program that turns aces into donations. CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA Tour in 2019, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Thidapa Suwannapura made a hole-in-one during the first round of the 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand on No. 4 with a 7-iron from 165 yards and the first of her professional career.