Minjee Lee and caddie following today’s round – photo Getty Images
Minjee Lee and Hannah Green have stormed home to finish tied for 2nd and 6th respectively at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, Lee finishing two shots behind the winner, Jin Young Ko and sharing second place with, In Gee Chun.
In a remarkable stretch of golf, Lee birdied nine of her final 12 holes on day four and although she threw in a couple of bogeys in that stretch she improved from 10th overnight to her share of second place.
“It’s been a while, said Lee referring to the fact that this is her first event of the year. “But I have been hitting it really well. So it’s the first week back, so knocking a little bit of the rust off. But it is really nice to have a really low one in there.
“I took a whole chunk of time off, and then I also had a long like training time, like training time as well, I guess, because I didn’t play the first three events. But, yeah, you know, I just saw my friends, and, you know, we did — we spent it outside getting some food and just hanging out. So it was really good.
Green, who won two lesser events in Australia before coming to Singapore, recovered from a slow start to her week when opening with a round of 74 on Thursday to make her way through the field to finish in a share of 6th. An eagle at her 16th hole today followed by a birdie at the 17th put the seal on a remarkable comeback from such a slow start.
Green was delighted to have played her way back into the tournament and her confidence continues to grow.
“Yeah, I’d love to be top 10 in the world, and I don’t see why I can’t win out here,” said Green referring to another chance she has in Asia next week when the LPGA Tour moves to Thailand.
I feel like I didn’t play my best golf, and I ended up almost in the top 10, or in the top 10, I guess.
So, yeah, hopefully this is just the start of a really good 2022 season.
Lydia Ko was 23rd, Su Oh 26th and Sarah Kemp 56th.
For the winner Ko it was her 13th LPGA Tour victory and will extend her lead at the top of the female world rankings.
Ko was also required to produce something very special late in her round and she was able to do just that with five birdies in her last six holes to overcome Atthaya Thitikul and In Gee Chun who appeared they might be the ones to fight out the title as the field made the turn.
Thitikul bogeyed her final hole to slip out of the share of second place.
Jin Young Ko – Getty Images