She became a first-time major champion in July at the Amundi Evian Championship, but those moments of defeat still sting for Minjee Lee. It’s the competitor in her.
On Sunday in the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, Lee carded five birdies en route to a 3-under par 68. But it was two bogeys and an approach shot on No. 18 that disrupted her visions of a momentous ending in her seventh appearance at Pinnacle Country Club.
“Overall, I was really solid all three days. I missed a couple birdie opportunities today that I probably should have made,” said Lee, who finished in a tie for second with Eun-Hee Ji. “All day I was thinking about the missed putts I had and going into the back nine I just wanted to get to 16-under. I got to -15, so I was close but in this situation I still did play well. Maybe next time I'll get on the 18th green in two.”
Lee said it’s these results that motivated her to find a major championship winner’s circle for the first time and that will motivate her to reach greater heights again.
“I think playing under pressure is where I belong, this is where I excel,” Lee said. “Hopefully I have a lot more times that it can bring the best out of me. There is so many more positives than negatives out of this week.”