Australia’s Minjee Lee has spectacularly taken out her first major at the 2021 Amundi Evian Championship at Evian-les-Bains in France. Seven shots behind 54 hole leader Jeongeun Lee6 going into the final round, Minjee shot a superb and flawless bogey-free 64 to force a playoff with Lee6. On the first playoff hole, the 25 year old then proceeded to hit her approach to under three metres, she made the putt and clinched the prized victory. Lee6 was graceful in defeat and it should be noted Lee6's second round 61 was the equal lowest round in major history!
Minjee has been around the mark in the majors for some time and she’s probably held the unenviable title of best player on Tour without a major win. Last year she finished third in the Women’s British Open and she was third in 2017 at the ANA Inspirational. With that title off her back the sky is the limit for the talented Australian.
It was a great week for the Aussies with Sarah Kemp finishing T19 and Stephanie Kyriacou making the cut and finishing T65.
In fact the Evian has been a happy hunting ground for the Aussie women, with Karrie Webb winning in 2006, Wendy Doolan in 2004 and Rachel Hetherington in 2001. The season’s fifth major was added as an official LPGA Tour event in 2000.
Minjee will now join Hannah Green as they search for a gold in the Toyko Olympics.
Lee is an ECCO Golf Ambassador, with ECCO sponsoring her as she chased her dreams. She wore the ECCO BIOM G3, with ECCO supporting a number of other players including Lydia Ko and Henrik Stenson.
Minjee Lee won USD$675,000 for her week’s work. See the full results and match reports HERE
PHOTO – LET Tour (Mark Runnacles)