Lee wins the first major title

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Lee wins the first major title

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Lee wins the first major title

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Australian golfer Minjee Lee won a sudden death playoff against overnight leader Jeongeun Lee6 and took the Evian Championship for her first major title on Sunday.

Lee6 had to take a drop shot when her second shot fell into a pond at the first additional playoff hole, while Lee’s second attempt landed near the flag.

Lee6 finished on a bogey to give 25-year-old Lee three putts to win and a sixth LPGA title.

She missed the first but made the second and was doused in Champagne by 2015 Evian winner Lydia Ko.

“I’m speechless … I’ve waited so long for this. It just feels unreal to have won. I’ve played really well in the playoffs and all day to get myself into that position,” she said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. It’s just nice to have a big title under my belt.”

Her younger brother Min Woo Lee has two victories on the men’s European Tour. Two weeks ago he won the Scottish Open – also in a playoff and at the first extra hole.

“When we were very young, we went to the driving range with mom,” she says. “We’d just practice.”

Lee becomes the first Australian to win at Evian since seven-time major winner Karrie Webb in 2006 before it was a major.

“Actually, she sent me a message right away,” said Lee of the 41-time LPGA Tour winner. “She texts me a lot … it’s just very nice of her.”

Lee and Lee6 had finished fourth round at 18 under overall, but under very different circumstances.

Lee was seven strokes behind Lee6 overnight, but was able to draw level on the final lap with an excellent 7-under 64 with four birdies on the last five holes. After the drift, Lee6 (71) hit back with three consecutive birdies to force a playoff.

Teenage American Yealimi Noh, 67, finished third when she was 17 when she missed a birdie chance on the 18th.

Former University of Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi finished 15th in a draw. She scored a 3 under par 68 on Sunday and finished the tournament with a 9 under 275.

Minjee Lee of Australia puts up a putt during the final round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Minjee Lee of Australia scores during the final round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021. (AP Photo)

Minjee Lee of Australia scores during the final round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021. (AP Photo)

Minjee Lee of Australia waves to the public during the final round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday July 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Minjee Lee of Australia waves to the public during the final round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday July 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Australian Minjee Lee holds the trophy while posing for photographers after winning the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021.  (AP Photo)

Australian Minjee Lee holds the trophy while posing for photographers after winning the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021. (AP Photo)

Minjee Lee of Australia plays a stroke during the final round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021.  (AP Photo)

Minjee Lee of Australia plays a stroke during the final round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021. (AP Photo)

Jeongeun Lee of South Korea scores during the final round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021. (AP Photo)

Jeongeun Lee of South Korea scores during the final round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, on Sunday 25 July 2021. (AP Photo)

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