Lee wins ANA Inspiration play-off for first major title

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2020

Lydia Ko fired a sensational final round to make her presence felt at the ANA Inspiration golf championship.

Lee Mi-rim poses for a photo with her trophy after winning the ANA Inspiration in a sudden-death playoff at the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California on Sunday.

Birdies at the third and fifth kept Reid within striking distance of the leaders, but her challenge effectively ended with back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12, and a birdie at the last completed a 71 and sealed her third top-10 finish in a major championship on nine under par. That allowed her a generous drop in front of the obstacle and set up arguably her shot of the day, a chip to within two feet that allowed her to birdie for a share of the lead, punching her ticket to the playoff.

Lee's career high in the world rankings is 12th from 2015.

Lee pitched in from long range for par on the 16th, dropped a shot on the next hole and appeared to be out of it until her chip from behind the 18th green rammed against the pin and dropped for eagle and a five-under 67. Korda, the daughter of former Australian Open victor Petr, hit her third bogey of the day on the 12th, giving Henderson the overall lead at 15 under.

The No. 3 player in women's golf, Korda has never had a better shot at her first major. Henderson and Korda had traded the lead on the back nine, Henderson falling back with a double-bogey at the 13th. She got up-and-down for birdie and a 69.

She hit 5-wood just through the green - no help needed from the wall on that one - chipped to 5 feet and made the birdie putt. Followed by Lee, Amy Yang was the second best Korean golfer in the field as she finished the tournament tied for 15th, with a four-day total of seven under par, 281.

The chalet in normal years has served as a buffer for shots struck too hard, but it served no objective except for some signage that didn't really stand out. But it almost decided the tournament.

Brooke Henderson also got free relief after her ball came to rest underneath the wall after she also went for the green in two.

It is fair to say that Korda and Henderson were completely stunned.

Henderson, who passed Sandra Post previous year with her ninth LPGA title to make her the most successful Canadian golfer, had only played two tournaments since her sport resumed in late July. Korda was in the rough again on the way to a par. But she couldn't hang on. Her birdie putt missed on the left side. Korda couldn't get close enough with a wedge after having to lay up.

Through it all, Lee was an afterthought until her stunning finish.

Lee chipped in for birdie on No. 6. But she birdied the 16th and 18th to at least give herself a chance.

"It was a bit disappointing having the bogey on the 17th, so my plan for the 18th was just to have a birdie and do what I have to do to keep my head up". American Lexi Thompson (69) finished outright fourth at 13 under, a shot ahead of Stacy Lewis (68).

US Women's Amateur champion Rose Zhang birdied the 18th for a 72 to tie for 11th.

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