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Coura­geous Lee seizes mo­ment to claim ANA ti­tle in play-off thriller

- By James Cor­ri­gan Sports · LPGA · California · Mission Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Just when it seemed that the se­cond fe­male ma­jor of the sea­son was a bat­tle be­tween two of the LPGA Tour’s best-known stars, so Mirim Lee sneaked in to grasp the ANA In­spi­ra­tion glory.

The top Kore­ans might have stayed away from Cal­i­for­nia be­cause of coro­n­avirus con­cerns – in­clud­ing world No 1 Jin Young Ko Jin-young – but still the coun­try’s dom­i­nance in the women ma­jors con­tin­ues.

Ranked 94th, Lee chipped in twice in the last three holes at Mis­sion Hills, Palm Springs, to fight her way into the shoot-out against Nelly Korda, the world No 3, and Brooke Hen­der­son, the world No 9. And when she birdied the first sud­den-death hole the ti­tle was hers to en­joy. As was the tra­di­tional jump into Pop­pie’s Pond be­hind the 18th green.

“I spoke to my friends back at home be­fore the play-off,” Lee said, through an in­ter­preter. “And they told me just to go for it and come home soon.”

It is fair to say that Korda and Hen­der­son were com­pletely stunned. In the sear­ing heat, the ad­van­tage changed hands be­tween the duo, this way and that.

Credit to Lee, 29, who had not

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