Minjee Lee with her Founders Cup trophy – photo Sarah Stier Getty Images

Perth’s Minjee Lee has taken her number of LPGA Tour wins to 7 and added another US$450,000 to her earnings on that tour with victory over Lexi Thompson at the Cognizant Founders Cup in Clifton New Jersey in an event which honors the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour.

Lee took over the lead following a second-round of 63 at the Upper Montclair Country Club and although caught by Thompson early in the final nine holes today, She edged clear with three late birdies including one at the last to win by two.

“I wasn’t that nervous, but obviously I wasn’t striking it as well as I wanted to,” said Lee. “I still drove it and putted it really well, so trying to take the positives.

“I feel really, really good, and even though I didn’t strike it that that well today, I’m really, really happy.”

For Lee it was her first win of 2022 although she has finished 2nd and 3rd in two earlier events so her consistency has been rewarded with another title and likely further elevation from her current 5th place in the Rolex World Rankings.

Lee is now ranked 1st in the Race to the Globe rankings for the season with earnings of US$818,000 and has now taken her career earnings on the LPGA Tour beyond US$9 million.

Lydia Ko improved sharply over the weekend to finish in a share of 12th and Sarah Kemp was the only other Australasian to make the weekend and finished 63rd.