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Minjee Lee fights to stay in US Open mix

Minjee Lee
Minjee Lee on her way to a 71 at Charleston today. Image: Getty

Australia’s Minjee Lee has had a rollercoaster week at the US Women’s Open but she has fought hard to remain in contention heading into the final round at Charleston Country Club in South Carolina.

For the second consecutive day, one bad hole cost Lee today in terms of momentum.

The 23-year-old from Perth was on the leaderboard midway through the third round at Charleston Country Club but a double bogey six at the par-four 10th hole sent her tumbling back down before a late rally including a remarkable birdie at the 16th where she hit almost holed out.

On Friday, it was triple bogey at the par-three 11th that seized her momentum after she took three chips to get her ball up on to the green.

Her tee shot at the 10th went “way right” and was the mistake that could have unravelled her. “I'm trying to eliminate those mistakes, but obviously this being the U. Open and maybe a little bit of nerves and a bit of hot weather,” she said after her round. “But I came back with a couple of birdies and finished the front nine pretty well. Then, obviously, on the 10th, I made a really bad mistake around the greens. Even the tee shot, it was just not a very good hole.’’

Lee ultimately had birdie chances at the 17th and 18th that rolled by the hole, and she signed for a one-under par 70 to finish 54 holes at three-under par overall.

Astonishingly, she has led the field with 16 birdies this week but also made eight bogeys, a double bogey and a triple.

She is tied-eighth overall, just four shots from the lead with a bunched group ahead of her.

Lee is ranked No. 2 in the world and has so much to play for tomorrow – not just her quest for a first major championship. If she can finish strongly she will know that she is less than a point off Jin Young Ko’s No. 1 world ranking, and she will start the day a shot ahead of Ko, who is tied-14th.

China's Yu Liu and Frenchwoman Celine Boutier, the Vic Open champion from this year, are tied in the lead at seven-under par.

Boutier, who won her maiden LPGA title at 13th Beach in February, had the outright lead until she almost whiffed a chip from nasty rough behind the 16th green.

LEADERBOARD

-7 Celine Boutier, Yu Liu

-6 Jaye Marie Green, Lexi Thompson, Mamika Higa

-5 JeonEun Lee

-4 Jessica Korda, Gaby Lopez

-3 MINJEE LEE (AUS), So Yeon Ryu, Nanna Koerstz Madsen

 

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Comments

Posted by Paul at
02/06/2019 10:02 PM
Come on Minjee, you certainly can do this. 2019 is your year. You have the talent, believe in yourself. Good Luck. Come on Aussie Come on.. Cheers

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