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